Our Living Legacy
In 1675, beneath the branches of The Sacred Oak, John Fenwick treatied with the Lenape Indians of Scheyichbi, toward creating a religious colony for The Religious Society of Friends of Truth.
Fenwick convened the sachems who had the dispositions of the lands, within Forcus and Mosacksa creeks (Salem and Oldmans Creeks) by Chiefs Tospaminkey and Henaminkey.
Later, for lands between Forcus and Canahockink creeks (Salem and Cohansey Creeks) Fenwick was met by Chiefs Mahoppony, Alloways, Necomis and his mother Necosshehesco, Myhoppony, and Shuccotery.
Finally, for lands from Canahockink creek to the Wahatquenack river (Cohansey Creek and Morris River) he was met by Chiefs Mahawskey, Mohutt, Newsego, Chechenaham, Toruche, and Shank A Num.
In the southern Jersey region, Lenape – Quaker intentional relations for perpetual peace and friendship have origins bound by word. Friends have heard “As long as the sun shines and the rivers run, we shall bind our hearts to yours.” Today, let us see what Love shall do.
The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the Nations (Rev. 22:2)
Seek Peace and Pursue It. Psalm 34
Salem Quarter Minute
Supporting State Reaffirmation of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation
While seeking discernment toward working in the light, clarity came. We learned of individuals’ opportunities to reach full potential being denied among New Jersey American Indians. Although they [three Native Nations of NJ] were recognized by the State of New Jersey in the 1980’s through concurrent legislative resolutions, the form of that recognition needs to be specifically reaffirmed by legislative statute in order to meet the modern requirements of some federal programs and protections provided to American Indian Tribes. Even with a government study and executive order urging legislative action to correct the issue, the tribe still waits.
Let us recognize the importance of the community’s cultural diversity, gifted to us through the lives of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape. Let us acknowledge that the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation was here before European colonization, through European colonization, and ever since European colonization. Ever since our Quaker forefathers, families and friends settled in the south Jersey region we have maintained friendly relations. Let us faithfully love thy neighbour.
Our testimonies – peace, social justice, economic justice – have received attention and light. In order to live our truths, knowing that there is that of God in each of us, the members of Salem Quarterly Meeting unite in urging the State of New Jersey to reaffirm the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation.
approved, Ninth month 2012
More IAC Posts: Community Awareness Conversations
We Are Still Here proof of Lenape Native Nations who remained despite “removals”
Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape v. NJ for up-to-date information regarding the lawsuit
Suggested Reading for clearness and revelation
Native Voice Sources revealing hidden truths
A Talk by Dr. JR Norwood on the Lenape Peoples lifeways with The Creator of all things
Annual, Open, Public Powwow Invitation; mark your calendar for a cultural experience
IAC Gallery building relationships and wonderful memories