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No help from Indian Affairs on Iroquois Nationals passport flap, Strahl says

Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl says there's little he can do to help an aboriginal lacrosse team at the centre of a passport dispute.

Mr. Strahl says Canada cannot force Britain to accept documents it doesn't recognize, and the government-issued passport is the only document guaranteed to be accepted.

The lacrosse players from Canada and the U.S. have been unable to travel to a world championship in Britain because that government is refusing to recognize their Iroquois-issued passports.

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Percy Abrams, executive chairman of the Iroquois Nationals, has said the team's players have never had a problem before with their special passports.

Mr. Strahl was in Winnipeg to announce a new program to help more aboriginals receive skills-training.

The government will spend $210-million over five years to fund projects across the country.

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