A Tribal Community


United Effort, for 7 Generations

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 friendship between the Lena'pe Indian Tribe and the people that neighbor the Delaware River. A treaty of renewed friendship was signed by the Lena'pe and a number of organizations: environmental groups, churches, historical societies, and sincerely committed individuals, who wish actively to support the Lena'pe culture and to help sustain their people, language, and way of life. 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, would take place every four years. Many wonderful individuals have joined us on the river. And a number of committed individuals and organizations have joined our "Rising Nation" and signed the Treaty. We are deeply grateful to those persons who have partnered with us and and offered their spirits, talents, and support. For a complete list of treaty signers from 2002, 2006, and 2010, visit our Treaty Signing Page.


The 2014 Rising Nation River Journey will take place August 1 to August 16th.

Check back here for updates.


2014 Itinerary
(updated April 16, 2014)

(More details regarding departure/arrival times, camping, educational programs, speakers, etc., will follow soon.  )

Jane and Dave Simon will be our river guides all the way. Thanks Dave and Jane!

August 1 - Friday - Camp at Oxbow Campsites, 3026 Rt 30, East branch, NY.
Arrive 12noon or after. Directions

August 2 - Saturday – Hancock, NY to Long Eddy, NY
9AM Opening Ceremony at Fireman's Field Access: 205 Park Ave, Hancock, NY
9:30AM depart from Hancock Fireman's Field Access

Travel to Equinunk Historical Society for tour of museum and lunch, provided by the Historical Society. 1972 Pine Mill Road, Equinunk, PA

Supper and Camping overnight on Private Property. 8 Cottage St. Long Eddy
Directions: Rt.97 North through Calicoon, about 9 miles to Long Eddy.
Come into Long Eddy and make a left at the Chestnut Cafe towards the river.
Cross railroad tracks and make a left.  Proceed down lane about 20 yards.

"Special Thanks"  to Don and Edie Downes!  Wanishi!

August 3 - Sunday – Callicoon, NY to Narrowsburg Access (PA)
9AM Presentation by NEPA Audubon They will let us know all about the birds we will see along this route! Thanks to Kathy Dodge!

August 4 - Monday - Narrowsburg Access (PA) to Lackawaxen, PA
August 5 - Tuesday – Staircase, PA to Matamoras, PA
August 6 - Wednesday ­- Matamoras, PA to Dingman's Ferry, PA

Dinner provided by Perry Gower and Doug and Terry at Phoenix Antiques, Crafts and Gifts. Thanks to Phoenix and to Tri-State Unity Coalition!

August 7 - Thursday – Bushkill, PA to Shawnee, PA
August 8 - Friday – Worthington, PA to Delaware Water Gap, PA
August 9 - Saturday - Martin's Creek, PA to Easton, PA - Upper River Treaty Signing and celebration
August 10 - Sunday – Easton, PA to Upper Black Eddy, PA
August 11 - Monday - Upper Black Eddy, PA - New Hope, PA
August 12 - Tuesday - New Hope, PA - Washington Crossing, PA

Dinner provided by Boy Scout Troop 168 and crew. Thanks to Norbert Sonnie, crew and boys!

August 13 - Wednesday - Burlington Island, NJ
August 14 - Thursday  - Meet Ocean Action Team in Sandy Hook, NJ - Travel to Cape May
August 15 - Friday - Cape May, NJ - Salt Marshes - Birding on the Osprey with Bob Lubberman
August 16th - Saturday – Cape May, NJ. Higbee’s Beach to Sunset Beach
August 17th - Sunday - Lower River Treaty Signing and celebration at Lewes Ferry


Goals of the Rising Nation River Journey

To journey down the Lena'pe 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.

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, put the fear, pain and humility of the past once and for all behind us, and walk together into the future.

Partners may support the Lena'pe people in one or more of the following ways: Hosting cultural/educational programs, Creating support for a Lena'pe cultural center, Assisting in Lena'peLanguage revival projects, Assisting in displays/exhibits of Lena'pe culture, Helping Lena'pe people to obtain and/or protect sacred land sites, Encouraging updated curriculum in public schools, Attending Lena'pe functions, Distributing information, Financial assistance, Volunteering to assist with traditional gardening, youth camps and environmental projects.


...the river itself is one long endless song...


core group

2010 Rising Nation River Journey Our Core Group from left to right: Richard McNutt, Sherri Labar, Louise Wilkins, Jane Simon, Dave Simon, Shelley DePaul, Todd Malora



2006 Starting out in Hancock, NY.

Photo Gallery: 2006 Rising Nation River Journey

Visit Andy Smith's Photography page on the web ANDY SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY

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