Courtesy Clark Tallbull
Grandma Rosalie Tallbull and grandson Mauricio greet Jeremy Thompson at Denver International Airport before the World Lacrosse Championships begin on July 10, 2014

Iroquois Nationals Receive Warm Welcome to the FIL Championships, Ranked in Top Division

Valerie Taliman
7/5/14

The majority of the Iroquois Nationals are from the Six Nations Confederacy or Haudenosaunee, comprised of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, Cayuga, and Tuscarora nations. Two players on the roster are from the Cherokee and Ojibwa nations. The team’s management includes General Manager Gewas Schindler (Oneida Nation) and Assistant General Manager Ansley Jemison (Seneca Nation) who oversee the planning, scheduling and general operations of the team. The 2014 Iroquois Nationals coaching staff is a veteran group led by Head Coach Steve Beville, Associate Head Coach Cam Bomberry, Assistant Coach Marc Van Arsdale, Assistant Coach Mark Burnam, Assistant Coach Jerome Thompson, and Assistant Coach Chris Doctor.

The 27-man roster for the 2014 Iroquois Nationals can be found here.

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The Iroquois Nationals will play five competition games before the semi-finals that will be carried on ESPN channels; times posted are MST:

Fri, July 11 • 8 p.m. • England vs. Iroquois • ESPN3

Sat, July 12 • 2 p.m. • Japan vs. Iroquois • ESPN3

Sun, July 13 • 8 p.m. • Iroquois vs. Canada • ESPNU

Mon, July 14 • 8 p.m. • Iroquois vs. Australia • ESPN3

Tue, July 15 • 5 p.m. • Iroquois vs. USA • ESPNU

The team also will host a media day and field blessing ahead of a team practice and meet-and-greet with members of the Denver-area Native American community on Monday, July 7 at 4 p.m. at Denver East High School Lacrosse Field, 1600 City Park Esplanade. 

Fans will have a chance to visit with coaches and players from the 2014 Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse team, including brothers Lyle and Miles Thompson, co-winners of 2014 Tewaaraton Award for most outstanding college lacrosse player.Lyle Thompson Iroquois Nationals 'Swag'

Iroquois Lacrosse uniforms are embedded with symbols sacred to the Confederacy. Team uniforms are provided by Nike. (Courtesy Brett Bucktooth)On July 8, the Iroquois Nationals will scrimmage with Team Israel, and on July 9, the New Zealand Lacrosse team will honor the Iroquois Nationals with a special Maori Haka, a traditional warrior dance.

Waterman said fans can support the Iroquois Nationals through the purchase of team merchandise at the Iroquois Nationals booth during the games.  For more information, please call or text 613-930-3731, and for information on Native artists, please call 303-378-7368.

The FIL World Championship begins on July 10 with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m., followed by an exhibition rematch of the last world championship when the United States beat Canada, 12-10, in the 2010 championship in Manchester, England.             

The World Lacrosse Championships are held once every four years and have not been hosted by the United States since 1998 in Baltimore.            

The eight other divisions for the FIL World Championship can be found here.

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