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Biden Offers Support For Indigenous Nations To Compete Under Collective Flag

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President Biden announced his support for the Haudenosaunee Confederation to compete under its own flag in the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, particularly in Olympic Lacrosse, citing their unique circumstances and historical connection to the sport.

While the U.S. government backs this idea, the International Olympic Committee will make the final decision.

World Lacrosse has had preliminary discussions with the IOC and expressed gratitude for Biden’s support. (Trending: Trump Announces Major Promise For 2024)

The Haudenosaunee are optimistic about participating in 2028 and look forward to collaborating with the IOC.

“Today, I’m announcing my support for The Six Nations competing in Olympic Lacrosse under its own Tribal flag,” Biden posted on X.

“Their ancestors created the game. They perfected it for a millennium.”

“Their circumstances are unique and they should be granted an exception to field their own team.”

“We respect the Olympic Games format,” Leo Nolan said.

“We don’t want to break any bounds that may not be the best interest of the Olympic Movement, so we’re very conscious of how we go about making those movements toward our inclusion.”

“Recognition of the cultural significance of lacrosse to the Haudenosaunee people — and the Haudenosaunee people to lacrosse — is an important step in our Olympic journey,” a statement read.

“The Olympic Games are the most powerful platform for promoting understanding and peace among nations. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with the International Olympic Committee, LA28, and the U.S. and Canadian Olympic Committees to explore potential pathways for the Haudenosaunee to participate in the Olympics while respecting the Olympic Games framework.”

“We look forward to working with and collaborating with the International Olympic Committee because they’ll be the ultimate deciding factor. We want to make sure that they understand the importance of lacrosse to our communities and to the world,” Nolan said.

Lacrosse is set to return to the Olympics in 2028 after being last featured as an exhibition in 1948 and as an official sport in 1904 and 1908.

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