the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape lands

$5,903 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 91 people in 9 months
Paul Ridgway
on behalf of john norwood
 BRIDGETON, NJ
Friends and Family,

As you know, the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation is a historically documented and vibrant Native American tribe in the Southern New Jersey community.  For centuries, the largest American Indian tribe in the State of New Jersey operated in a self-isolated system of government in connection with tribal churches. Since the 1970’s, our tribal leaders have brought the tribe into the public light by advocating for our tribe among non-native people and governmental agencies.  In addition to our educational outreach programs among the community, we are very proud of our continuing self-governance and expansion over the last 40 years.

Our tribe continues maintain its headquarters and store in the historic downtown area of Bridgeton, New Jersey, where tribal artifacts are on display to the public. Additionally, the tribe operates a community center and grounds in Fairfield Township, New Jersey, which hosts regular tribal meetings and ceremonies, a youth summer camp, meetings for the governing bodies of the tribe, its youth group and tribal elders’ group, as well as private events such as wedding receptions and repasts.  Looking to the future, our tribe has started development on a tribal museum to host educational programs as well as display artifacts, artwork, and history. When finished, this museum will serve as the first and only museum in the State of New Jersey owned and curated by a Native American tribe; and the tribe hopes that it will serve as a popular destination for school groups and anyone interested in American history.  Over the years, the tribe has developed a reputation for not only being a cultural and historical haven for traditions and history, but also a strong community partner in South Jersey.

However, you may not be aware that the ongoing expenses to maintain these facilities have outpaced the tribe’s current ability to generate incoming revenue. Without additional support, the remaining operating funds could be depleted within two months.

For several years, the tribe has relied on funding through grants, independent fundraising, and for-profit companies established by the tribe.  These companies funded the staff required to run the tribal office and continue our pursuit for federal recognition, supported the office and grounds operations and expenses, purchased tribal equipment, funded the museum project, supported our youth summer camp and Youth Council, covered the tribe’s membership expenses to participate as part of the National Congress of American Indians, supported the expansion of our grounds with the land acquisition initiative, and funded our legal fees in the tribe’s current battle against the State of New Jersey, which continues to refuse to honor the state resolution recognizing the tribe in 1982. 

Due to our current court battle with the State of New Jersey over the state’s attempt to reinterpret our state-recognized status, the tribe has suffered a loss of grant funding, as well as increased anxiety from potential partners, banks, and funding sources resulting in a significant strain on these tribal operations and revenue streams.

Our goal now is to raise funds to allow the tribe to continue to operate its tribal buildings and have a meeting space for our people. In addition to soliciting cash donations, we have planned a number of other fundraising events to help us reach our financial goals. You can find out more about these planned activities on our tribal website at  http://nanticoke- lenapetribalnation.org. Since we understand that not everyone will be able to help with a cash donation, we hope you will consider donating goods or volunteer hours for some of our events. As a 501(c)3 organization, we will prove a tax receipt for all donations.

Your generous donation helps us continue our tribal initiatives, while it also preserves an important asset to our community. We need the support of our tribal family, as well as the benevolence of community businesses and individuals to help us reach our goal. Please help us continue our mission in preserving our culture by considering a donation.
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Update 3
Posted by Paul Ridgway
7 months ago
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Aftermuch difficulty our go fund me campaign is back on, please spread the word and thanks for the help.
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Update 2
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8 months ago
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Office staff are working without pay,for now.
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Update 1
Posted by Paul Ridgway
9 months ago
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sites back up, thank you for sharing and anything you can give if it only prayer
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Barbara Veevers
7 months ago
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I tried to donate through the "Go Fund Me" website and it is telling me that the "Campaign is not ready" and to "return the the Campaign." How can I donate? Since the site is not working, can you post an address that I can send a check to? I have informed other friends of the tribe about the need. They will need to know how to donate also.

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Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago
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Thank you Cindy Zirkle!

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Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

FYI - the office is now being run completely by volunteers. It will only be open two days a week Monday and Thursday..... 10-3.

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Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

Thank you everyone who has donated. The donations are still needed.

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Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

Thank you Ray Terry!!

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Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

Thank you CamWeb Design for the donation!

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Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

Thx Corey Murnaghan

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Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

Thank you Steph Carpenter!

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Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

Thank you Brittany Smith

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Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

Thank you Jon Eye!!!

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Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

Thank you James Luciani!

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Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

Thank you John and Tanya Norwood

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Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

Thank you Bronson Loatman!

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Crystal Ridgway
9 months ago

Thank you John Flaherty!!

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Crystal Ridgway
9 months ago

Thank you Patty Hayes!!

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Crystal Ridgway
9 months ago

Thank you Sarah Booth!!

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Crystal Ridgway
9 months ago

We are so great full for all of your donations and prayers!

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Crystal Ridgway
9 months ago

Thank you Stephanie Woerner!

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Crystal Ridgway
9 months ago

Thank you Elkin Arias!! Miss you!

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Crystal Ridgway
9 months ago

Thank you Cheryl Wright-Marshall!

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$5,903 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 91 people in 9 months
Created June 13, 2016
Paul Ridgway  
on behalf of john norwood
RT
$100
Ray Terry
2 days ago

In Memory of Betty Davis Terry.

$5
Anonymous
10 days ago
NP
$36
Nati Passow
29 days ago
JS
$25
Joel Soto
1 month ago
CW
$100
carol wagner
1 month ago
DR
$25
David Reppert
1 month ago
EG
$25
emily garofalo
1 month ago
RB
$36
Rachel Beck
1 month ago
$72
Anonymous
1 month ago
KP
$36
kate poole
1 month ago
Barbara Veevers
7 months ago
1
1

I tried to donate through the "Go Fund Me" website and it is telling me that the "Campaign is not ready" and to "return the the Campaign." How can I donate? Since the site is not working, can you post an address that I can send a check to? I have informed other friends of the tribe about the need. They will need to know how to donate also.

+ Read More
Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago
1
1

Thank you Cindy Zirkle!

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Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

FYI - the office is now being run completely by volunteers. It will only be open two days a week Monday and Thursday..... 10-3.

+ Read More
Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

Thank you everyone who has donated. The donations are still needed.

+ Read More
Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

Thank you Ray Terry!!

+ Read More
Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

Thank you CamWeb Design for the donation!

+ Read More
Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

Thx Corey Murnaghan

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Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

Thank you Steph Carpenter!

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Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

Thank you Brittany Smith

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Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

Thank you Jon Eye!!!

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Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

Thank you James Luciani!

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Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

Thank you John and Tanya Norwood

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Crystal Ridgway
8 months ago

Thank you Bronson Loatman!

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Crystal Ridgway
9 months ago

Thank you John Flaherty!!

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Crystal Ridgway
9 months ago

Thank you Patty Hayes!!

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Crystal Ridgway
9 months ago

Thank you Sarah Booth!!

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Crystal Ridgway
9 months ago

We are so great full for all of your donations and prayers!

+ Read More
Crystal Ridgway
9 months ago

Thank you Stephanie Woerner!

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Crystal Ridgway
9 months ago

Thank you Elkin Arias!! Miss you!

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Crystal Ridgway
9 months ago

Thank you Cheryl Wright-Marshall!

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