Iroquois Nationals Travel Delayed Because of Passport Issue

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In 2010 in Manchester, England the Iroquois Nationals were barred from entering the country due to their passports. The Iroquois were not able to participate and it really was tough to see them not be present. The passport was no issue in 2014 as the World Championships were held in Denver. The Iroquois would finish third securing a bronze medal. 

The lacrosse community has been excited to see every team compete over in Israel for the 2018 World Championships. Well, the Iroquois travel looks to be a little delayed due to passport procedural issues departing from Canada. The FIL has stepped in and is trying everything they can to get the Iroquois to Israel for the World Championships which start on Thursday.

The Iroquois Nationals are comprised of players from the Haudenosaunee, which is a federation of six Indigenous Nations, including the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora Nations. The Iroquois use Haudenosaunee passports and that is where procedural challenges for travel and entry into Israel have arisen. 

David Lasday, Chief Operating Officer of Israel Lacrosse, said, “The Organizing Committee is working diligently to assist the Iroquois Nationals to be able to board their flight to Israel for the Championship.  Their participation is very important to the success of the event.”
I personally really want to see the Iroquois in Israel as they are one of the best teams in the whole tournament. Also, they are the people who gave us this great game and it would be a shame to see them not able to participate. I hope they make it over as soon as possible.