For the Iroquois Nationals, it's redemption time. The team competed as a sovereign nation at the World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Colorado. And after a decade away from the tournament, they definitely made an impression.
The Nationals missed out on the last tournament in England in 2010. They were travelling with Iroquois nation passports that weren't recognized. But they had no difficulties in making it to Denver this year, and had a strong tournament. After losing to Canada, which went on to win gold, the Iroquois team beat Australia to take the bronze medal. It's the team's strongest finish.The Iroquois team at the World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Colorado (Photo: Kenny Frost)
"It's definitely something special for us " Miles Thompson, a player with the Iroquois Nationals, tells As It Happens guest host Helen Mann, "Not only for us lacrosse players but you know all the native Americans that are out there because we got a lot of support from them." The Iroquois lacrosse team taking on Canada at the World Championships in Denver (Photo: Kenny Frost)
Mr. Thompson is also on New York state's University at Albany varsity team, and his brother Lyle were just awarded the NCAA's highest award for college lacrosse in the U.S. Mr Thompson says Iroquois lacrosse is now on the rise and he believes the team's style is gaining them a lot of fans.
"People like the way we play", Mr Thompson tells Helen, "because we're creative with the sport, you know we're not just a regular team".