Posts Tagged ‘globalization’
Sarah Moses’ Syracuse.com article “Team England arrives on Onondaga Nation to get passports stamped” caught some attention on Facebook earlier this month.
Members of Team England arrived on the Onondaga Nation this morning to get their passports stamped and practice for the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, which starts Friday.
Team England is the first team to arrive on the nation and to have their passports stamped, said Jeanne Shenandoah, of the Onondaga Nation. Shenandoah and Awhenjiosta Myers stamped the passport this morning.
The Onondaga Nation and Syracuse will be the site of the world indoor championship. This is the first international sporting event held on indigenous lands.
Thirteen teams will be competing in the tournament. The other teams will be arriving this week for the games and each team will have their passports stamped with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy stamp.
The Haudenosaunee Confederacy has issued its own passports for more than 30 years. In 2010, England would not allow the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team to enter the country to compete in the world championships because the players were traveling on their Haudenosaunee passports.
North Country Public Radio’s coverage of the tournament, incidentally, is good reading.
The question of the Iroquois passport has been an active one, with the travel document apparently being only intermittantly recognized by different governments, Canada and the United States included. For the Iroquois, the passport is a badge of identity and sovereignty. I get that. Does this gesture still work when it’s not accompanied by much sovereignty on the ground?
What say you?