Biden pledges support for Indigenous Olympic lacrosse team

The Haudenosaunee Nationals Lacrosse organization, with support from President Joe Biden, is working towards ensuring that the Haudenosaunee lacrosse team can compete in the 2028 Olympics. The Haudenosaunee Confederacy, consisting of six indigenous tribes, is credited with inventing the game of lacrosse over 1,000 years ago. They have been competing in international competitions since 1990 and have some of the best lacrosse players in the world. However, due to their status as a confederacy and their location spanning both the U.S. and Canada, the path to competing in the Olympics is not straightforward. The LA28 organizing committee has acknowledged the significance of including lacrosse in the Olympic program and is committed to finding a solution that respects the sport’s heritage and allows participation for Haudenosaunee Lacrosse athletes while adhering to IOC’s framework.