After a passport dispute that left the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team stranded in New York City for three days, the team will be able to travel with their own passports, thanks to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. At her request, the State Department dropped a demand that the Iroquois athletes must use formal U.S. passports to enter and exit the country, rather than their Haudenosaunee confederacy-issued passports. However, the allowance is a "one-time-only waiver."

Tribe leaders say they've never had any problems entering and exiting the country with their passports, they were denied British visas because the U.S. said they would not be allowed to return without U.S. issued passports. The State Department says they no longer recognize Iroquois Confederacy travel documents, though that seemed to be news to the Iroquois. But State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said, "There was flexibility there to grant this kind of one-time waiver given the unique circumstances of this particular trip."

Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York said, "I am relieved that this bureaucratic technicality has been papered over and these young men can go and do what they have trained to do: play lacrosse and compete on the international scene." That is, if they can make it on time. The team is due to play in the Lacrosse World Championship tomorrow evening in Manchester, England, though they have yet to be granted British visas.