On June 14th, 2011, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, each of our three confederated tribes (The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware, the Nanticoke Indian Tribe) became signatories on the United League of Indigenous Nations Treaty. This is an historic occasion for our three tribes, to be in league with sovereign indigenous nations from around the world. Our tribes joined over 80 other indigenous nations in the ULIN.
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Since the formation of the Confederation of Sovereign Nanticoke-Lenape Tribes, which began as an intertribal union between our tribe and the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware, there remained one additional tribe which was needed to make the confederation complete, the Nanticoke Indian Tribe of Delaware. Our three tribes share common bloodlines and history. In May 2011, the Nanticoke unanimously voted at their regular tribal meeting to become full members of the confederation. This completes our union. We wholeheartedly welcome our relatives into our Confederation!
TO THE ENROLLED CITIZENS OF THE NANTICOKE LENNI-LENAPE
TRIBAL NATION AND OTHER INTERESTED PERSONS
In November 2007, the United League of Indigenous Nations met during the National Congress of American Indian Annual Conference. Our tribal delegate was authorized to officially witness this second treaty signing, adding new tribes. NCAI member Tribes were encouraged to adopt the treaty and participate in the United League and our tribe and the confederation leadership were briefed on its importance. This organization has worked to further the interest of Indigenous People all over the world and played a critical part in the promotion of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. In November 2010, our tribe was represented at another meeting of the United League. With the heightened interest of the Obama Administration in the United Nations Declaration over the past year, it was determined that it was important to promote our own tribal sovereignty and support the United League. This does not commit our tribe to any financial requirement. The following resolution was unanimously adopted by the tribal council on December 6th, 2010.
TRIBAL RESOLUTION TR-2010-12-06
ADOPTION OF THE
UNITED LEAGUE OF INDIGENOUS NATIONS TREATY
Whereas the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation is a sovereign American Indian Tribe made up of Nanticoke and Lenape people who descend from the historically documented tribal families, whose seat of government has remained in our homeland since ancient times; and,
Whereas the Constitution of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation asserts our inherent right to self determination, freely determine our political status, freely pursue our economic, social, religious and cultural development, and determine our membership, without external interference; and,
Whereas we acknowledge these same rights and principles to be inherent among other peoples, nations and governments throughout the world, recognizing their sovereignty and pledging to maintain relations with those peoples, nations, and governments who acknowledge those same fundamental human rights and principles, and who recognize the sovereignty of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation; and,
Whereas the signers of the United League of Indigenous Nations Treaty of August 1, 2007, pledges mutual recognition of our inherent rights and power to govern ourselves and our ancestral lands and traditional territories; and,
Whereas the principles, goals, and mutual covenants of the United League of Indigenous Nations Treaty are consistent with the values, principles, and goals of our tribal government.
Be It Resolved that the government of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation adopts the United League of Indigenous Nations Treaty and authorizes our tribal delegate to sign the treaty on behalf of our tribe and be the point of contact for official treaty matters; and,
Be It Resolved that the government of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation shall cooperate with the United League of Indigenous Nations in assembling data, information, knowledge and research needed to effectively address substantial issues of common concern; and,
Be It Resolved that government of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation will coordinate statements of policy and matters regarding this Treaty to be disseminated to the media and shall endeavor to participate in reviews and strategy planning sessions of the United League of Indigenous Nations.
This resolution was adopted at a regular meeting of the Tribal Council on December 6th, 2010.