Iroquois Nationals' Travel to World Cup Still in Jeopardy

As of noon today at a press conference in Times Square, members of the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team announced that they remain in diplomatic limbo regarding their travel to the United Kingdom for the 2010 World Championships, which begin Thursday.

Reports indicate that the United States government will not allow those players travelling with Haudenosaunee passports to re-enter the USA after the tournament is completed as has been the case for the past 20-30 years. Apparently, English authorities demanded a letter from U.S. authorities promising to allow re-entry to the Iroquois players after the tournament. When Homeland Security refused, England declined to issue visas to team members.

It has also been reported that the Iroquois declined a State Department offer earlier to convert their Haudenosaunee passports to U.S. passports. Team officials indicated that if their departure is delayed beyond tomorrow, it could affect their ability to play the English team in the FIL opener on Thursday in Manchester.

Read more at the Syracuse.com and IndianCountryToday.com web sites.

2010-07-12



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