Photos by Awhenjiosta Myers - Onondaga Nation
Several International Lacrosse Teams, such as Team Germany pictured here, have expressed excitement in receiving a passport stamp from the Onondaga Nation

International Teams Line Up for Onondaga Passport Stamps at World Indoor Lacrosse Championships

Vincent Schilling

As the Grand Opening of the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships this Friday draws closer and 13 international lacrosse teams from around the world gear up for their shot at lacrosse gold, international team members also have their eye on another prize—Onondaga passport stamps.

David Leach of Team England was the first member of his own team to get the official stamp, and other lacrosse players were also ready and happy to step up and get their own passports emblazoned with the seal from Iroquois country, a true testament to honoring Tewaaraton, the creator's game.

As Leach told, “I’m extremely excited to be here, this is the home of lacrosse!”

Jeanne Shenandoah, who has been stamping the passports, says the energy is high and the players all seemed eager to get their so-called ‘stamp of approval.’ “Everyone is very excited,” she told ICTMN. “It has been a very happy mood and there have been so many nice hellos and greetings from so many countries.

“I just stamped England, Serbia, Germany, USA and they are still coming in,” she said.

The stamping of the passports is significant over the past several years given the hurdles teams and players of Native Lacrosse teams have faced when trying to cross international borders using their Haudenosaunee passports. In 2010, England border agents refused to allow the Iroquois Nationals to compete in England’s world championships due to increased restrictions in travel.

However, in 2012, the Iroquois Nationals traveled to Turku, Finland successfully, laying the groundwork and establishing a precedent for Native citizens traveling abroad in the post 9/11 era. To many, this affirmation of sovereignty was as important as the bronze medal earned by the Iroquois National team.

SEE RELATED: Iroquois Nationals Win Bronze, Three Players Named to 2012 World Lacrosse Team

Stay tuned as ICTMN continues its coverage of the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships - for more information you can visit WILC 2015.


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