NJ Superior Court Rules Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape are Sovereign Tribe

Addressing Racism

The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation citizens are neighbors of Salem Quarter Friends. As posted on the Salem Quarter Indian Affairs Committee web site, the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation is engaged in a lawsuit seeking reaffirmation, from the state of New Jersey – NLL v. NJ. Comprehensive ongoing media articles are posted by their legal council, Cultural Heritage Partners; and an update has also been posted by Lisa J. Ellwood, August 31, 2017 for Indian Country Media Network, providing clarity to the realities imposed upon this Native Nation and their citizens today. Please read this latest insightful release; a link has been posted on the First Contact Reconciliation Collaborative website.

Guided by the still small voice within, Friends have accompanied the contemporary condition of authentic, sovereign Native Tribal Nations who have remained on their homeland, Lenapehoking, giving witness to the call for action and approval by the PYM Quaker Life Council (March 2017) for the formation of the First Contact Reconciliation Collaborative.

While fully discerning our PYM Minute of Action (2015,) it is important for non-natives to understand how racism continues to be embedded in structures of the dominant society and to hear first-hand, genuine Native voice. The resilience witnessed in Native communities may spark that which has grown dim, righting us toward faithfully and intentionally building a most inclusive Beloved community.