Haudenosaunee Nationals advance to championship bracket at World Lacrosse Tournament


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Haudenosaunee Nationals advance to championship bracket at World Lacrosse Tournament

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

By Acee Agoyo


The Haudenosaunee Nationals the women’s team, representing the Haudenosaunee Sovereign Grand Councilqualified for the championship bracket at World Lacrosse Games. The women’s team beat fifth-seeded Scotland on Tuesday afternoon to secure a coveted place in the quarter-finals. The the win was the Haudenosaunee Nationals’ fourth straight victory at the tournament, which takes place in Towson, Maryland.

“FULL REVERSE” This is how the lowest-ranked Haudenosaunee women’s movement, ranked 12th before the games, was described on social media by the world lacrosse organization.

The day before, Monday night, the Haudenosaunee women won against Argentina. But the game was marred by a comment made during the ESPN+ broadcast Match. With the Haudenosaunee women far ahead in the third quarter of the game, a member of the ESPN+ broadcast team used the offensive phrase “circle the wagons” as a means of explaining the strategy of the losing team. The comment, coming from a hour in the game, has historically been used to portray natives as being aggressive toward non-natives, often implying a sense of injustice. Natives watching the show heard the phrase and found it to be inappropriate.

Later that evening, the World Lacrosse Organization released a statement, saying the broadcaster “sincerely apologizes” to the Haudenosaunee team for the use of the phrase “culturally insensitive.” “We apologize for the culturally insensitive comment made during today’s Haudenosaunee vs. Argentina broadcast during the Women’s World Lacrosse Championship by a member of the broadcast team,” the statement Lily. “The individual has sincerely apologized to the Haudenosaunee team and we are satisfied that the comment was made unintentionally and without malicious intent,” the organization continued. “The individual and World Lacrosse have incredible respect for Indigenous peoples and their history and deeply regret any harm caused.” The Haudenosaunee team’s next game is Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. EST. The women will face Australia, one of the top-ranked teams on the World Lacrosse Tour. Assuming the Haudenosaunee women are victorious, they would face another opponent on Thursday night. ESPN+ continues to broadcast the tournament, which takes place at Johnny Unitas Stadium on the University of Towson campus outside of Baltimore, Maryland’s largest city. The event kicked off on July 29. the opening ceremony included a well-received cultural presentation by the Haudenosaunee people who also featured other Indigenous artists. Depending on the result in Maryland, the Haudenosaunee women will aim for their next challenge: the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama. The top-ranked women’s teams are due to compete there next week.

Haudenosaunee Nations: Road to the Olympics
Looking even further, the Haudenosaunee Nationals have embarked on what they call the Road to the Olympics. The organization’s lacrosse teams – women’s and men’s – hope to compete in the 2028 Olympics to be held in Los Angeles, California. “The Haudenosaunee Nationals intend to participate under our own flag as a globally recognized nation-state,” the organization proclaims. The teams are raise $150,000 on a fundraising site to achieve their dreams. Additional fundraising efforts are also underway, with the goal of raising $600,000. The Haudenosaunee Nationals are sanctioned by the leaders of the Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora Nations in the United States and Canada. They are the only teams on the World Lacrosse Tour that represent sovereign Indigenous governments, with players traveling around the world on their Haudenosaunee passports.

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