Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware

The Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware represents the citizens of a Lenape Tribal Community concentrated in central Kent County, Delaware.

Our mission is to protect the cultural identity of the Lenape people of Delaware through educational, social and cultural programs and to promote the physical and economic health of our citizens through specialized health and economic development programs tailored to our needs. We also advocate for the civil and human rights of our community and our citizens.

- Principal Chief, Dennis J. Coker
Principal Chief, Dennis J. Coker
Principal Chief, Dennis J. Coker

The Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware

The Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware formed a constitutional Tribal Government in March, 2010. We are a member of the Confederation of Sovereign Nentego-Lenape Tribes, which is an intertribal union between our Tribe and the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Indian Tribe (headquartered in Bridgeton, New Jersey) with which we are historically and genealogically interrelated.

Our Tribal Constitution provides a structure for a Sovereign Tribal Government and is the acknowledged standard at the national level. 

The Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware was also granted State Designated Tribal Area status for the purpose of the Federal 2010 US Census. 

Research Workshop held in Cheswold
A Delaware Sea Grant Project workshop on Inclusive Climate Change Adaptation with the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware was held at the Cheswold Fire Hall on January 29. 

Participants included Lenape Tribal Council members, Lenape Tribal Citizens, different Environmental Stakeholders and UD Students who are part of environmentally focused student organizations taking part in research activities based on findings from this project. 

One of the goals for the workshop was to help diversify environmental literacy and increase understanding of climate change by hearing from multiple perspectives, including the Lenape Peoples.
Delaware Governor John Carney signs the 2023 PROCLAMATION CELEBRATING NOVEMBER AS NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH - Pictured L to R: Delaware Governor John Carney, Principal Chief Dennis J. Coker, Assistant Chief Marian Coker and Tribal Council members, Carla A. Coker, JT Johnson and Sara M. Fuller

In 2021 the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware began the work to create a vision and detailed concept for the
Lenape Cultural Center.

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Rendering Cultural Center
Rendering of the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware Cultural Center
"The First People of the First State"
Official Website
The Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware
A State of Delaware Recognized
American Indian Tribal Nation
Wreaths Across America Success
Thanks to so many that came out in December, as our first time as a Sponsor for Wreaths Across America. It was a great success! If you are interested in sponsoring a wreath for next year or to participate in the 2024 Wreaths Across America Celebration, please contact acreed1006@gmail.com.