We are located in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, an area that is a small part of what was Lenni-Lenape territory. We understand that the Lenape were friendly and accommodating—until the settlers gradually, and often violently, forced them from their territory. We acknowledge the injustice and mistreatment indigenous people faced (and still face) as a result of colonialism. We recognize that they practiced many of the same values we hold, including respect and regenerative stewardship of the land and other living things, eating healthy natural foods, social justice and restorative practices, and community-based participatory decision-making.
The largest surviving groups of Lenape descendants are the Delaware Nation of Oklahoma and the Delaware Indian Tribe, but there are several other significant groups and organizations, including the Ramapaugh Mountain Lenape and the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania. There are also several groups that claim connection with both the Lenape and other Indigenous nations: the Stockbridge-Munsee Community in the US (northern WI) and 3 in Canada: the Munsee-Delaware Nation, the Delaware Nation at Moraviantown, & Delaware of Six Nations (Canadian reserves).
The number of groups, their wide dispersal, and their strong identification with the original Lenape are pretty clear indicators of the extent to which colonialism disrupted a strong Indigenous civilization in this area, paralleling impacts in other parts of the US and the continent as a whole.