About the Lenape

The Lenape also called the Leni Lenape, Lenni Lenape and Delaware people, are an indigenous people of the Northeastern Woodlands, who live in the United States and Canada. Their historical territory included present-day northeastern Delaware, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania along the Delaware River watershed, New York City, western Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley. For more, see this page

Today, though with much diminished numbers, there are Lenape tribes recognized by either the US federal government or a US state. The Lenape Union Land Trust works with the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware, based in Cheswold, Delaware. We proudly acknowledge that the Lenape diaspora includes five federally recognized nations in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Ontario.

We do not speak for these nations and recognize they have active thriving tribal governments that speak for themselves.

We also acknowledge five state recognized Delaware Bay tribes in New Jersey and Delaware who we honor and also do not speak for.

There is only Lenape tribe in Pennsylvania. It is neither state nor federally recognized, but is active locally. We honor them but do not speak for them. They are the:

Page last updated: Jan 21, 2022

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