On October 10th, TPUUF welcomed Adam Waterbear DePaul, Tribal Council member and Storykeeper of the Lenape Nation of PA. During his service, he talked about hoping to build on the service to create a connection between TPUUF and the Lenape Nation. On Wednesday, November 17th, Conservation Voters of PA is hosting Adam Waterbear DePaul for an online conversation. The details of the session are below. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about, and honor the legacy of the Lenape nation in PA.
Excerpted from Conservation Voters of PA invitation:
November is Native American and Indigenous People’s Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, histories, and traditions of Native people. As the country’s original environmental stewards, Native and Indigenous people continue to be on the frontlines of climate action, implementing regenerative solutions to care for our home — and yet they have been disproportionately impacted by environmental injustices and climate change impacts. We cannot continue our fight for environmental justice without centering their experiences.
To learn more and honor the Lenape, one of the Indigenous tribes that resides here in Pennsylvania, Conservation Voters of PA is hosting a lunchtime webinar on Wednesday, November 17 with Adam Waterbear DePaul, a member of Tribal Council and Storykeeper of the Lenape Nation of PA.
The Lenape are Indigenous to the places we now call eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and southern New York. For over 10,000 years, they have been the caretakers of these lands and the Delaware River, which now provides drinking water to millions of people. Yet over a period of 250 years, many Lenape people were removed from their lands and dispersed throughout the United States, and to this day Pennsylvania still hasn’t recognized the Lenape formally as a tribe. Representing the people that stayed behind, the Lenape Nation of PA is active in the revival of traditions and community, encouraging partnerships among people and organizations in order to foster cultural, historical, and environmental education and preservation.