The following statement was submitted by the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, following the resolution of a civil rights lawsuit addressing the tribe’s status in New Jersey. The tribe will once again be recognized by the state as part of a settlement reached with Attorney General Gurbir Grewal
(D).The state of New Jersey officially recognized the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation as an American Indian tribe thirty-six years ago, in 1982. State recognition is important to tribes because it affirms that our people and culture are both part of the story of humanity’s shared past and that we are present and valued in the modern world. State recognition also provides opportunities for tribes to advance our communities’ wellbeing.