Iroquois Nationals compete as own nation at lacrosse worlds

The only indigenous team competing internationally as a sovereign nation is in Colorado for the World Lacrosse Championships.

However, it’s more than a game for the 27-man Iroquois Nationals.

“It’s our way of life. It’s deep in our culture. In our cradle board, we are given a wooden lacrosse stick. We grew up playing since we’ve been walking,” Jeremy Thompson, 27, told The Denver Post.

The Nationals will compete against the world’s top players from Australia, Canada, England, Japan and the U.S. in the top tier of the nine-day competition played every four years.

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