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NJ Superior Court Rules Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape are Sovereign Tribe

 

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The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation citizens are neighbors of Salem Quarter Friends. The Tribe “is acknowledged by the State of New Jersey through both concurrent legislative resolution and statutes,” yet 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.

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 Philadelphia Yearly Meeting 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.