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THE NEW FACES OF THE LENAPE INDIANS OF NEW JERSEY

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September 10th was the first re-union celebration of a group of Ramapo Lenape Nation of Indians in New Jersey. Two months spent in organizing the event which started out as a celebration of a *78+ years relative, Hannah Jennings. "We started contacting her friends and then family, and through the use of internet and google,


found more Indians that were willing to come and share history and culture", said an organizer of the event, Mrs. Doris J- Boyd. Chief James (Graywolf) Gray stated, "We are the only Indians who are actually still on our native land that dates back to the time of Henry Hudson.

 

We have been able to historically document of existence here of more than 10,000 years. We have tried for the last 40 years to get federal funding to establish recognition of our tribe, but fears of opening a casino has denied us. We are now a little more than 4,000 in number. We have a genealogist that confirms your legitimacy via use of birth and death certificates. You can find us on facebook or contact me, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . With this event we were able to have in attendance members from states near and far. “The grand chief Perry called the tribe together to welcome and speak of days gone by of the nation when it was of great strength and power.

He said we want to share with the young people so they can keep our history alive. These Native Americans along with other minority groups have been needing representation and equal rights in this land for many decades. In 1924 Congress recognized Native American people as citizens. The Indian people have been very much watered down by the onset of the Civil war and the Industrial Revolution, WWI and WEII along with the Vietnam War, and other United States crises, America never got back to restitution or restoration of the true natives of this great country. The Indian nation has been subdivided by a nation as they were placed on reservation and some even relocated out of the United States. Through this process, culture was lost and heritage was divided. As the United States became more industrialized and populated with European, South American and other continents of people, the decreasing population of the Native American unconventional Indian stagnated. Now through the use of modern technology that can re-build. Practices of baptism, matrimony, and other celebrations can be recaptured