[News] British Governement Refuses Iroquois Admittance; Will Miss Tournament

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Breaking News: British Governement Refuses Iroquois Admittance; Will 
Miss Tournament

Terry Foy July 14th, 2010
http://ht.ly/2bCGT

After four days of scrambling and hope, the Iroquois Nationals will 
not be traveling to Manchester to participate in the 2010 FIL World 
Championships, 
<http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iI149z8c0uBRphmB54w06NhPQlNwD9GV305G0>the 
Associated Press reported Wednesday night.


The report cited a British Consulate spokeswoman who said that the 
United Kingdom would only allow travel on passports they consider 
valid, and the Haudenosaunee-issued documents don't meet that standard.

The news comes only hours after the U.S. State Department 
<http://insidelacrosse.com/news/2010/07/14/breaking-iroquois-has-us-clearance-awaiting-visas-canadian-clearance>granted 
a one-time exception to the team's party, guaranteeing them 
admittance back into the country upon their return. The decision came 
too late Wednesday for the party to procure the proper clearance from 
Canadian and British officials 
<http://insidelacrosse.com/news/2010/07/14/iroquois-nationals-miss-4-pm-wednesday-flight-jfk>in 
order to board their 4 p.m. flight, but the hope was they'd be able 
to arrive in time for a rescheduled start to their tournament on 
Friday. According to the 
<http://2010worldlacrosse.com/news/1/97>Federation of International 
Lacrosse (FIL), if the Iroquois do not arrive in time for Thursday's 
7:30 p.m., game against England, they would forfeit.

The FIL said Thursday that England's game with Iroquois has been 
changed to a scrimmage against Germany. Sources within the Iroquois 
delegation say they're still fighting to get to England, and they may 
be trying to set up a scrimmage on Long Island Thursday night if they 
still can't get out of New York.

It's a disappointing next step in a highly publicized, nearly 
week-long process that's received not only 
<http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/13/us/13lacrosse.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Iroquois&st=cse>national 
media attention, but a large outcry from the 
<http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/global/Iroquois-Nationals-tournament-departure-delayed-by-British-travel-snafu-98061744.html>Native 
American and 
<http://insidelacrosse.com/news/2010/07/12/iroquois-nationals-visa-issues-continue-immigration-cowboys-refuse-entry-team>international 
lacrosse communities, both of whom cited the hypocrisy of preventing 
the team from taking part in a world championship that honored the 
legacy of their ancestors and the game they invented.

Continue to check back to InsideLacrosse.com as we follow this 
developing story.





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