End the bureaucratic nonsense that prevented the Iroquois Nationals from traveling to the Lacrosse World Championships in Manchester, England
The Iroquois helped invent lacrosse, but their team might not travel to England for the sport's world championship because of a dispute over the validity of their passports.
The 23 players have passports issued by the Iroquois Confederacy, a group of six Indian nations overseeing land that stretches from upstate New York into Ontario, Canada.
The U.S. government says it will only let players back into the country if they have U.S. passports, a team official said. The British government, meanwhile, won't give the players visas if they cannot guarantee they'll be allowed to go home, the official said.
This is a change from prior practices.
"Since the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team's admittance to the Federation of International Lacrosse in 1983, the team has participated in every world competition as a
member nation, flying our own colors, singing our own anthem and traveling on our own Haudenosaunee passports to England (1985, 1994), Australia and Japan. As citizens we have traveled internationally on our own passports since 1977. We do not take this issue of passports lightly. We have traversed our request with the utmost respect for the sovereignty of the nations involved." - Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper, Onondaga Nation
The U.S. State Department and U.S. Department of Homeland Security need to reverse their policy changes and guarantee the return of Haudenosaunee citizens to their homelands while traveling on their Haudenosaunee passports.
If not rectified today, the delay will prevent the Iroquois Nationals from playing in the championship. Let these athletes compete!
Call the White House and tell them you support the Iroquois Nationals traveling on the Haudenosaunee passport: 202.456.4771
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There's an overwhelming amount of support for the team out there - let's make sure the U.S. officials know it!
1. The Haudenosaunee and Iroquois Nationals have been traveling on the Haudenosaunee passport for 30 years.
2. It is only right that they be allowed to travel on the passport of the nation they represent at this international championship.