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NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- Time is running out for the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team's bid to attend a tournament outside the U.S.
Members want to compete in the World Lacrosse Championships in England, but they are currently stuck in New York City. The issue is their Iroquois-issued passports.
The U.S. government will only let players back into the country if they have U.S. passports and the government is willing to give them the paperwork. But the players and coaches see this as an attack on their identity.
"It's not making a stand, it's just doing the right thing. And the right thing is to have people honor our passports, have the governments honor what we have. We're one of the oldest governments in the world," said Iroquois coach Freeman Bucktooth.
The team hopes have the issue cleared up in time to fly out Wednesday. If it is not, it means the nation that helped invent the sport of lacrosse may not be represented in the world championship.