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Rising Nation River Journey and signing of the Treaty of Renewed Friendship

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On August 24, 2002 an historic event took place at the Pennsbury Manor, the former estate of William Penn in Morrisville, Bucks County Pennsylvania, that marked a new beginning of brotherhood between the Lenape Nation Indian Tribe of Pennsylvania and the people that neighbor the Delaware River. A treaty of renewed brotherhood was signed by the Lenape and a number of organizations: environmental groups, churches, historical societies, and sincerely committed individuals, who wish actively to support the Lenape and to partner as caretakers of the traditional Lenape homeland and each other. The signing was prefaced by an equally historic and monumental three-week canoe journey, which began at the top of the Delaware River in Hancock, N.Y. and culminated in Cape May, NJ. It was agreed that the re-signing of the Treaty, as well as the River Journey, should take place every four years. It has since been conducted in 2006, 2010, and 2014 with ever-increasing spirit and vigor.

It is now 2018 and time to make that wonderful journey, both physically and in spirit, once again! This year's trip will begin in Hancock, New York, on Saturday, August 4th, and culminate on August 19th in Cape May, New Jersey. There are currently seven public Treaty- signing events scheduled for the following dates and times:

Monday, August 6th, at the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen, PA
Wednesday, August 8th, at the Phoenix Gift Shop in Dingman's Ferry
Friday, August 10th, at the Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort in Shawnee on Delaware, PA Sunday, August 12th, at the Sigal Museum in Easton, PA
Tuesday, August 14th, at Tohickon Valley Park, PA
Thursday, August 16th, at the Temple University Bell Tower in Philadelphia, PA Sunday, August 19th, at Les Rea's Farm in Cape May, NJ


Who Are the Lenape?

The Lenape people are the original inhabitants of Delaware, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Southern New York. For over 10,000 years they have been the caretakers of these lands and of The River of Human Beings, more commonly known as the Delaware River. The Lenape were the first tribe to sign a treaty with the United States and the first tribe to have land set aside for them in New Jersey. Over a period of 250 years, many Lenape people were removed and dispersed throughout the country. Some took refuge with other tribes. A large number of Lenape families remained in the homelands and continue the traditions of their ancestors up to our present day. The people of the Lenape Nation of PA are the descendants of those who stayed in our homeland and of those who went west to Ohio and returned. Our families include descendants of Hannah Freeman, Issac Still, Killbuck, and Henry. Some settled in the Pocono Mountains and others in Allentown, Nazareth, and Bethlehem. Many lived on both sides of the Delaware River in Easton and Burlington where communities were documented in 1840. Some families come from the Brotherton and Shamong areas of New Jersey. Some descend from the inhabitants of missions such as Shekomeko, Friedenshutten, and Meniolagomeka. Others are the descendants of marriages between the Lenape and the earliest German immigrants. Our history is a rich one in which we take great pride. Today the Lenape people from all over Turtle Island are revitalizing their communities.

Many place names in Pennsylvania are derived from the Lenape Language, such as Manyunk, Conshohocken, Neshaminy...to mention only a few. In the city of Philadelphia stands a statue of Chief Tamanend, a revered leader among the Lenape, who signed many treaties with William Penn. The history of the Lenape is truly the history of Pennsylvania.


To journey down the Lenape Sipu (Delaware River) in a joint effort to raise awareness, awaken the spirit, and bestow the past, environmentally, culturally and historically, to the future. To promote the awareness that the Lenape people living in Pennsylvania are carrying on their traditions, culture and spiritual beliefs, and that they are engaged in numerous projects to provide practical ways for all citizens to respect and protect our homeland and the health, welfare and future of

the next seven generations of our children. Our aim is to promote the awareness that the state of Pennsylvania is one of only a few states in this country that does not recognize its indigenous people and to invite citizens and political representatives to sign this treaty so that we may fulfill the dream envisioned by our founding fathers, William Penn and Chief Tamanend. Finally, we desire to put the fear, pain and humility of the past, behind us, once and for all, and to walk together into the future.

The Treaty

The Treaty states that those who sign acknowledge the Lenape as the indigenous caretakers of these lands and agree to support the Lenape tribe in their own unique way. Although this is not a legal, binding document, it is an agreement of heart, mind and spirit. Its words carry the integrity of our ancestors and the hope of our children. Those organizations and individuals who sign this treaty will forever be a part of our mutual history and the stories that we tell our children. They must make the commitment to “stand up well" as a living testament to the fact that environmental, cultural, and historical awareness is the key to our future.

Treaty of Renewed Friendship

In the spirit of Chief Tamanend and in the spirit of William Penn, we, the undersigned, do openly recognize the Lenape Indian Tribe as the original inhabitants of Pennsylvania. We acknowledge the Lenape people as the indigenous stewards of their homelands and also as the spiritual keepers of the Lenape Sipu, or Delaware River...

And we do hereby commit actively to support our Lenape sisters and brothers in whatever way we are able, for a term of four years, helping to maintain the cultural identity of Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Southern New York. We will support the Lenape people in one or more of the following ways: hosting cultural / educational programs, partnering as caretakers of the Lenape homeland and Delaware River, assisting in Lenape language revival projects, assisting in displays/exhibits of Lenape culture, helping the Lenape people to obtain and/or protect sacred land sites, encouraging updated curriculum in public schools, attending Lenape functions, volunteer service and support, distributing information, and/or financial assistance. We also recognize that this treaty is good for a term of four years, August 2018 until August 2022, at which time a new treaty may be entered into.

May these partnerships serve to heal the past, give direction for today, and brighten the future as we move forward, learning from the mistakes of some of our forefathers, and may we, together, bring to light the cultural and geographical significance of Pennsylvania, preserving this natural history for all of our children.

May the Creator of all things embrace us as we move ahead. Nanalakesh

My Freinds

William Penn's First Letter to the Lenape

London: October 18th 8mo 81 [October 18th 1681]

There is one great God and Power that hath made the world and all things therein, to whom you and I and all People owe their being and wellbeing, and to whom you and I must one Day give an account, for all that we do in this world: this great God hath written his law in our hearts, by which we are taught and commanded to love and help and do good to one another, and not to do harme and mischeif one unto one another: Now this great God hath been pleased to make me concerned in your parts of the World, and the king of the Countrey where I live, hath given unto me a great Province therein, but I desire to enjoy it with your Love and Consent, that we may always live together as Neighbours and freinds, else what would the great God say to us, who hath made us not to devoure and destroy one an other but live Soberly and kindly together in the world Now I would have you well to observe, that I am very Sensible of the unkindness and Injustice that hath been too much exersised towards you by the People of thes Parts of the world, who have sought themselvs, and to make great Advantages by you, rather then be examples of Justice and Goodness unto you, which I hear, hath been matter of trouble to you, and caused great Grudgeings and Animosities, sometimes to the shedding of blood, which hath made the great God angry. but I am not such a Man, as is well known in my own Country: I have great love and regard towards you, and I desire to Winn and gain your Love & freindship by a kind, just and peaceable life; and the People I send are of the same mind, & shall in all things behave themselves accordingly; and if in any thing any shall offend you or your People, you shall have a full and Speedy Satisfaction for the same by an equall number of honest men on both sides that by no means you may have just Occasion of being offended against them; I shall shortly come to you my selfe. At what time we may more largely and freely confer & discourse of thes matters; in the mean time, I have sent my Commissioners to treat with you about land & a firm league of peace. lett me desire you to be kind to them and the People, and receive thes Presents and Tokens which I have sent to you, as a Testimony of my Good will to you, and my resolution to live Justly peaceably and friendly with you, I am your Freind.

Wm Penn

Rising Nation Itinerary 2018

Updated July 9th, 2018; Tentative and Subject to change.

There is no fee for paddling with us, but public paddlers should be prepared to pay for their own food and lodging at all stops, even when designated as provided. River Journey paddlers may contact www.Newildernessexperience.com (Newilderness@gmail.com) to inquire if discounted boat rentals and/or portaging is available—be sure to mention that you are part of the Rising Nation River Journey.

August 3rd, Friday: Arrive, set up and camp at Fireman’s Field. 205 Park Avenue, Hancock, NY.

August 4th, Saturday: Hancock, NY (mile 330.7) to Long Eddy, NY (mile 315): Program with Eqinunk Historical Society

9AM – Opening Ceremony at Fireman’s Field. 9:30 AM depart from Hancock Fireman’s Field access. Paddle 8 miles to Equinunk Historical Society (1972 Pine Mill Road, Equinunk, Pa) for tour of museum, lunch (provided), and environmental program: Acid Factories: History of the Wood Chemical Industry from 1:00-2:00. Depart at 2:30. Paddle 7 miles to Long Eddy. Camp at Fireman’s Field.

August 5th, Sunday: Callicoon, NY (mile 303.7) to Narrowsburg Access, NY (mile 290) Treaty signing with NEPA Audubon.

Meet at Callicoon access (PA side!) for 9AM presentation by Kathy Dodge who will let us know about the birds we will see along this route and other news from the Audubon Society. Thanks Kathy! Depart 10:30. Paddle 2 miles to Skinners Falls for lunch out of our packs and swimming. Paddle 11 miles to Narrowsburg. Camping at Landers Narrowsburg Campground. 69 Demauro Lane, Narrowsburg, NY. (800)-252-3925

August 6th -Monday. Narrowsburg Access, NY (mile 290) to Lackawaxen, PA (mile 277.4) Treaty Signing at Zane Grey Museum

Depart Narrowsburg access. Paddle 6 miles to Ten Mile River access for lunch

out of our packs at 1PM. Depart 2PM and paddle 6 miles to Lackawaxen.

Treaty Signing with Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Wallenpaupack

Historical Society and other area partners. Presentation by Diane Rosencrance,

director of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy at the Zane Grey Museum at

5PM. Camping at Landers Minisink, 3090 State Rte. 97. Barryville, NY. (800)-


August 7th – Tuesday. Lackawaxen (mile 277.4) to Staircase (mile 263.3).

Camping at Landers Minisink, 3090 State Rte. 97. Barryville, NY. (800)-252-


August 8th – Wednesday. Matamoras (mile 253.6) to Dingman’s Ferry (mile

238.7) Treaty signing and supper at Phoenix Gift Shop.

Depart Matamoras at 9AM. Paddle 7 miles. Stop for lunch out of our packs.

Tentative: Tour of Minisink Island and a program by the Park Service at lunch

time. Paddle 8 miles to Dingman’s Ferry access. Supper provided by Perry

Gower and Doug and Terry at Phoenix Antiques, Crafts and Gifts. 570-828-

8870. Camp at Dingman’s Campground, 1006 Route 209, Dingman’s Ferry,

PA. (570)-828-1551

August 9th – Thursday. Dingman’s Ferry (mile 238.7) to Bushkill (mile 228.2)

Tentative: Treaty Signing with Pocono Environmental and Education Center


Note: $10 parking fee if leaving a vehicle in the Bushkill parking lot. Drop-box:

cash only, and no change available.

Camping at Pocono Environmental and Education Center. 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania 18328. (570)-828-2319

August 10th – Friday. Bushkill (228.2) to Shawnee (mile 214.6) Treaty Signing at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort.

Depart from Bushkill access. Paddle 7 miles. Stop for lunch out of our packs

and swim. Paddle 6 miles to Shawnee Inn. Treaty Signing with Shawnee

Preservation Society and other local environmental groups at 5PM. Camping at

Worthington State Forest Campground, Old Mine Road, Columbia, NJ. (908)-


August 11th – Saturday. Shawnee (mile 214.6) to Delaware Water Gap (mile

211.7) Tour of Cold Air Cave

Depart from Shawnee Inn. Paddle 4 miles to Delaware Water Gap for

celebration: drumming and Indian programing. Lunch at Kittatinny access. Tour

of Cold Air Cave. Camping at Worthington State Forest Campground, Old

Mine Road, Columbia, NJ. (908)-841-9575.

August 12 – Sunday. Martin’s Creek (194.3) to Easton (Scott Park) (mile

183.7) Treaty signing at Sigal Museum; passing of the wampum.

Put in at Martin’s Creek access. Paddle 10 miles to Phillipsburg access. Treaty

Signing at 5PM with Sigal Museum and other area partners. Potluck Supper.

Passing of the wampum from Delaware Riverkeeper to Sigal Museum.

Presentation by Maya van Rossum of the Delaware Riverkeepers. Camping at

Wy-hit-tuk Park, PA 611 Easton. (610)-746-1975.

1:00 pm: Non-Paddlers: Bring a picnic and gather at the riverside in Scott Park

for Native drumming and dancing and period children’s games. Prepare to greet

the sojourners.
~2:00 pm: Sojourners arrive at Scott park

5:00 pm: Join us at the Sigal Museum and sign the Treaty of Renewed

Friendship. Stay for a celebratory dinner and further festivities!

Source: Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania  www.lenape-nation.org/1st-project