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. 

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
Upcoming Event:
DECEMBER 16, 2023

Hope you will join us and volunteers across the country to Remember, Honor and Teachfor the first year that The Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware will participate in the National Wreaths Across America event on December 16, starting at 12 p.m. at Immanuel Union Church in Cheswold, Delaware.

The National Wreaths Across America program mission is to Remember the fallen, Honor those who served, and Teach the next generation the value of freedom.

In support of this mission and our Tribal Community, Tribal volunteers will lay 127 wreaths at the graves of veterans laid to rest at the historical cemeteries of our ancestors at Immanuel Union, Fork Branch and Forest Grove. 

If you are interested in volunteering, contact acreed1006@gmail.com .