The Iroquois Nationals are the national lacrosse team of the Six Nations/Iroquois and compete in international competition. The team was first admitted to the International Lacrosse Federation in 1987. It is the only First Nations team sanctioned to compete in any sport internationally and is typically ranked among the top five in world lacrosse.
The Iroquois Nationals took part in their first international competition at the 1990 World Lacrosse Championships, finishing fifth.
In 2008, the Iroquois Confederacy, under the name Haudenosaunee Nation, became a full member of the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA) at that organization's final meeting. The women's organization merged with 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 sustainable produced sportswear for Nike's research and development of processes to use non-toxic dyes and biodegradable organic cotton.
Nike is the only Fortune 500 company to have such a relationship with a Native American organization, and the Iroquois Nationals are the only such group.
2014 World Lacrosse Championships roster
|Myan Adams, D||Cornell University '13||Akwesasne, NY|
|Adam Bomberry, M||Onondaga Community College '17||Akwesasne, NY|
|Brendan Bomberry, M||University of Denver '18||Vaughan, Ontario||Graduate of The Hill Academy|
|Brett Bucktooth, M/A||Syracuse University '06||Nedrow, NY||Won NCAA championship in 2004|
|Kevin Bucktooth, Jr. D||Onondaga Community College '06||Nedrow, NY||Won NJCAA National Championship in 2006|
|Vaughn Harris, M||Onondaga Community College '16||Six Nations, Ontario||NJCAA 1st Team All-American in 2014|
|Alex Kedoh Hill, M||Six Nations, Ontario||Experience in Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) league and the National Lacrosse League (NLL)|
|Travis Hill, D||Canisius College||Sanborn, NY|
|Warren Hill, G||Syracuse University '16 (transferred from OCC in 2014)||Ohsweken, Ontario||On the Iroquois 2012 U-19 men's lacrosse team, named to All-World Team and Most Outstanding Goalie|
|Cody Jamieson, A||Syracuse University '10 (transferred from OCC in 2008)||Six Nations, Ontario||Won NCAA championship in 2009; on NLL's Rochester Knighthawks roster at time of selection to national team|
|Mike Lazore, M||Hobart College '10||Carthage, NY||On MLL's Rochester Rattlers roster at time of selection to national team|
|Zach Miller, M/A||University of Denver '17||Steamburg, NY||Member of Denver Pioneers|
|Tom Montour, D||Brantford, Ontario||On NLL's Buffalo Bandits roster at time of selection to national team|
|Craig Point, M||Onondaga Community College '06||Ohsweken, Ontario||Won NJCAA National Championship in 2006; on NLL's Rochester Knighthawks roster at time of selection to national team|
|Jeff Shattler, M||Edmonton, Alberta|
|Sid Smith, D||Syracuse University '09 (transferred from OCC in 2007)||Ohsweken, Ontario||Won NCAA championship in 2008 and 2009|
|Taylor Smoke, D||Saint. Michael's College '09||Akwesasne, NY|
|Randy Staats, A||Syracuse University '15 (transferred from OCC in 2013)||Six Nations, Ontario|
|Oakley Thomas, D||Onondaga Community College '17||Akwesasne, NY|
|Lyle Thompson, A||University at Albany '15||Onondaga Nation, NY||Co-Tewaraaton Award recipient in 2014 with older brother Miles; two other older brothers on team are Jeremy and Jerome|
|Jeremy Thompson, M||Syracuse University '11 (transferred from OCC in 2009)||Onondaga Nation, NY||Brother of Jerome, Lyle and Miles; cousin of Brett Bucktooth|
|Jerome "Haina" Thompson Jr., M||Onondaga Community College||Onondaga Nation, NY||Brother of Jeremy, Lyle and Miles|
|Miles Thompson, A||University at Albany '14||Onondaga Nation, NY||Co-Tewaraaton Trophy recipient in 2014 with younger brother Lyle; two other older brothers on team are Jeremy and Jerome|
|Ty Thompson, A||University at Albany '14||Onondaga Nation, NY|
|Roger Vyse, A||Ohsweken, Ontario|
|Marty Ward, G||Limestone College '07||Syracuse, NY||Head Coach at Florida Southern College|
|Jeff White, G||Le Moyne College '13||Buffalo, NY|
2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship roster
TBA after June 25-26, 2015 tryouts
The Iroquois Nationals have been competing in the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship since the first competition in 2003. They reached the semifinals on all three championships, losing to Canada on all three occasions.
- 1998 - 4th
- 2002 - 4th
- 2006 - 4th
- 2010 - DNP (UK refused to issue visas for the Nationals with their Iroquois passports)
- 2014 - Bronze (def. Australia 16-5)
- 1999 - 4th
- 2003 - 4th
- 2008 - Bronze (def. England 19-10)
- 2012 - Bronze (def. England 18-1)
- 2016 - TBD
- 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.
- "DU lacrosse star Zach Miller's grandfather embodies family, tradition". Denver Post. 16 May 2014.
- "Iroquois Nationals Capture Bronze Medal with 19-10 win over England". 2008 World Lacrosse. 12 July 2008.
- Iroquois Nationals
- Ditota, Donna (2006-07-13). "Iroquois Nationals fitted with dignity". Syracuse Post-Standard. Retrieved 2006-07-28.