Effort, for 7 Generations
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 joined us on the river. And a number of committed individuals and organizations 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.
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 2014 Rising Nation River Journey will take place August 1 to August 16th.
Check back for updates!
The 2010 trip began in Callicoon, N.Y. on Saturday, July 31, 2010 and culminated approximately 2 weeks later in Morristown, PA. The Treaty
signing took place on August 21st at the University of Pennsylvannia Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, where the Treaty had been housed for the past two years, at the Lenape Nation Exhibit. The wampum was passed on to Penn to hold for the next four years. The signatures that have been collected at the exhibit, along with those of other partners, new and old, were validated at the Treaty Signing.
Download 2010 Flyer
2010 Itinerary (updated July 28, 2010)
Download 2010 Press Package
...the river itself is one long endless song...