An American Indian lacrosse team will not be allowed entry into the UK for the world championship of the sport the Iroquois helped invent unless members accept U.S. or Canadian passports, the British government said yesterday (July 14 ).
The Iroquois Nationals team won't be attending the world championship in Manchester unless the British government reverses its decision and allows them to use passports issued by the Iroquois Confederacy,
At first reading this ban would have some merit,. Where I would love to have a Welsh passport I recognize that it would cause a diplomatic row if another country recognized it at this moment in time.
At the request of Hillary Clinton request, the State Department had dropped a demand that the Iroquois athletes must use formal U.S. passports to enter and exit the country, rather than their confederacy-issued passports. However, the allowance is a "one-time-only waiver."
The Iroquois (also known as the Haudenosaunee or the "People of the Longhouse",are an indigenous people of North America. In the 16th century or earlier, the Iroquois came together in an association known today as the Iroquois League, or the "League of Peace and Power". The original Iroquois League was often known as the Five Nations, and comprised the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca nations. After the Tuscarora nation joined the League in the 18th century, the Iroquois have often been known as the Six Nations
It is ironic but if the USA had not existed then the Six Nations could now be part of the Commonwealth (OK fantasy but that would been the likely outcome).
Lacrosse a sport associated in the UK with Public schoolgirls could be called the Iroquois national sport and a source of identity . It is appalling that if the US Secretary of State can make allowance in order to right previous wrongs, it is to be scuppered by our own petty bureaucrats