Indigenous Iroquois refuse to use U.S. passports – rejected entry into Britain

NEW YORK – The Iroquois Nationals, the national lacrosse team of the Indigenous Iroquois nation, on July 17, exhausted all efforts, short of denouncing their sovereignty, to enter Britain on legally issued Haudenosaunee passports from the Iroquois Confederacy, their own government.

The Nationals, scheduled to compete in international lacrosse championship games in England, would have been allowed to compete in the games if they would have gotten on bending knees and accepted United States or Canadian passports.

Team Chairman, Oren Lyons said in a statement, "While we are deeply disappointed we could not bring our talented team to the world championships, there simply was no way we could accede to the recommendation that we accept either american or Canadian passports to travel."

This stance of Independence and Sovereignty is one that should be recognized and saluted by all the freedom loving peoples of the world. The Indigenous people of the americas' have once again taken a bold move to assert their right to self-determination.

And they are standing up for the world to see that they refuse to accept the verdict of slavish imperialism that it attempts to impose on the world's non-white peoples.

The proud Iroquois Nation whose lands from Ontario to Quebec, which is now called Canada, to the theft of so-called New York and Manhattan, all the way down to Oklahoma was stolen by European invaders, especially following the so-called "American Revolution."

These lands were stolen as the European military and civilian settlers committed systematic genocide through armed actions and biological-disease warfare against the whole population of Indigenous peoples resulting in hundreds of millions of deaths.

And in the face of this historical reality, the African Socialist International (ASI) is excited to say to the people and comrades of the Iroquois Nation that one billion Africans scattered around the world stand steadfast with you, as we celebrate and develop the hundreds of years of tradition of fighting side by side with you to reclaim your land and kill settler colonialism, U.S. domestic colonialism, and imperialism forever.

As our great leader from the ranks of the heroic Vietnamese people, Ho Chi Minh, once proclaimed, “There is nothing more precious than freedom and independence."



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