The Iroquois Nationals are the national lacrosse team of the Six Nations of the Iroquois League and compete in international competition. The team was admitted to the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) in 1990. It is the only Native American/First Nations team sanctioned to compete in any sport internationally and are ranked among the top five in lacrosse. Lacrosse was historically a traditional Native American game among the Lenape of the mid-Atlantic area, and it was played long before the European encounter.
The Iroquois Nationals are the national lacrosse team of the Six Nations of the Iroquois League. Lacrosse was a traditional Native American game that preceded European contact. Its popularity has been growing in Canada and the United States, as well as internationally.
They have competed internationally since 1990, when the team was admitted to the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF). They are the only Native American/First Nations team to compete in international sports.
In 2008, the Iroquois Confederacy, under the name Haudenosaunee Nation, became a full member of the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations at that organization's final meeting. The women's organization merged with the ILF to form the sport's new unified governing body, the Federation of International Lacrosse.
In 2006, the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Program signed a partnership with Nike, Inc. in which Nike will provide the Nationals with their brand uniforms, clothing, footwear, and other equipment. The company is to develop programs to "promote wellness-and-fitness activities in Native American communities throughout the region", and team members may go to speak to local groups. Team members will also assist in testing of sustainably produced sportswear, for Nike's research and development of processes to use non-toxic dyes and biodegradable organic cotton.
|World Indoor Lacrosse Championship|
The Iroquois Nationals have been competing in the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship since the first one, in 2003. They reached the final on all three championships, but they lost to Canada on all three occasions. They were very close to a gold medal in 2007, when they lost in overtime.
2011 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship roster
|Goalie||Mike Thompson||Buffalo Bandits|
|Goalie||Angus Goodleaf||Buffalo Bandits|
|Goalie||Jeff Powless||Ohsweken Warriors|
|Defense||Sid Smith||Rochester Knighthawks|
|Defense||Brandon Francis||Buffalo Bandits|
|Defense||Isaiah Kicknosway||Buffalo Bandits|
|Defense||Ron Cogan||Onondaga Redhawks|
|Defense||Holden Vyse||Buffalo Bandits|
|Transition||Tom Montour||Buffalo Bandits|
|Transition||Jeff Shattler||Calgary Roughnecks|
|Transition||Travis Hill||Minnesota Swarm|
|Transition||Cody Johnson||Rochester Knighthawks|
|Transition||Kedoh Hill||Edmonton Rush|
|Forward||Brett Bucktooth||Buffalo Bandits|
|Forward||Cody Jamieson||Rochester Knighthawks|
|Forward||Roger Vyse||Buffalo Bandits|
|Forward||Stu Hill||Ohsweken Warriors|
|Forward||Dean Hill||Edmonton Rush|
|Forward||Andy Secore||Edmonton Rush|
The Iroquois Nationals began competing in the World Lacrosse Championship in 1998.
- 1998 - 4th
- 2002 - 4th
- 2006 - 4th
- 2010 - Forfeit (The UK refused to issue visas for the Nationals on their Iroquois passports)
They first competed in the Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships in 1999.
- 1999 - 4th
- 2003 - 4th
- 2008 - 3rd
- Fryling, Kevin (2006-07-27). "Nike deal promotes Native American wellness, lacrosse". University of Buffalo Reporter. Retrieved 2006-07-28.
- Nikebiz.com (2006-05-04). "Nike Begins Historic Partnership With The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Organization". Press release. Nike, Inc. Retrieved 2008-06-30.
- Iroquois Nationals, Official site
- Ditota, Donna (2006-07-13). "Iroquois Nationals fitted with dignity". Syracuse Post-Standard. Retrieved 2006-07-28.