Iroquois Lacrosse Players Denied Entry to UK

July 15, 2010 Updated Jul 15, 2010 at 8:17 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming

July 15, 2010 Updated Jul 15, 2010 at 8:17 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - A group of athletes from the Iroquois Confederacy, which includes Native American groups from both the U.S. and Canada, including areas in Western New York, are being denied access to the UK to participate in a lacrosse tournament.

The team is supposed to compete in Manchester this week as part of the Lacrosse World Championship, and were originally told that their Iroquois Confederacy passports would not grant them access back into the United States.

The U.S. Department of State offered the group U.S. passports, which they refused.

Then, at the last minute, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton granted the athletes a one-time pass using their Native American passports.

The victory, however, was short lived, as the U.K. government denied the group access to Britain without American or Canadian passports.

The lacrosse players were scheduled to play their first game Thursday night in Manchester.

The Iroquois National team has in the past traveled to compete in Japan, Australia and England with little trouble.

Read more on this story from The National Post, here.