Lenape Indians of Bucks

April 4, 2011   This is a great site! http://www.tolatsga.org/dela.html

This site documents that the Lenape have been living along the shores of the Delaware river for 10,000 years..
There is a structure on the Frenchtown / Kingwood NJ site that is dated to be over 2800 years old;
This is a very uplifting treasure of a website and I suggest that you spend some time looking at it....  That is the Good news....

What is disturbing is that the Kingwood / Frenchtown NJ site was discovered because it was located under a Superfund Chemical site that was left there by the DeRewal Chemical Company in the 1960s.    (http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/fiveyear/f2007020001678.pdf).

What is Ironic (in a very sick way) is the official name of the site.  It is now technically called "The DeRewal Prehistoric Site", named after the company that created the Superfund site (for short term paper money profit) and then left the mess for future generations to clean up (and/or cover up).

What I want to point out at this time is a practice that is common with Superfund sites....
They are not actually cleaned up... 

A lot of money is spent in the initial stage to survey/set the boundaries of the toxic field.  A certain amount of the contamination is removed at great expense (to somewhere else?).  
The next step is to put some sort of "Cap" on top of the site (and around it, or even under it, if that is possible) so that it delays the Toxic leakage from seeping into the groundwater.  
After that, the EPA needs to come back every 5 years and make sure erosion hasn't breached the containment barriers.  That is done so that the people in the area do not have to sell there homes and move to somewhere else...  (at least not yet.)

Logical Questions:   How long will these inspections be funded?  What will happen if/when the EPA budget is eliminated? 
The answer is clear.  The containment barriers will eventually be breached and the Toxic contamination will eventually leak into the water table.
That seems to be inevitable end to every Superfund story...  All of this work is just "Smoke and Mirrors" to keep the current generation of people complacent and pass the problem onto future generations...
If you don't completely clean up a mess...and you just condense it and then cover it up,  (and you don't go there anymore...or dig in the dirt, or grow things or live there....) you honestly can't really say that you have cleaned up the mess....
(But in the United States, we do say that we are cleaning up these Superfund sites..and we all feel a little better..)

It is a National disgrace.

There is only one sustainable answer.......The Superfund sites need to Stop Being Created...

They are not cleaned up (In the true sense of the word) and we need a moratorium on all Industrial waste that will eventually seep into the Water tables, the Oceans and the Ecosystem.

The Proposed Natural Gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale is a Multi state Superfund Site in the making...
The Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining operations are already Superfund sites.
The Oil Rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and the aging Pipelines in Alaska are future Superfund sites.
There are Precious Metal / Gem mining operations all over the world that are Massive Superfund sites (Although Superfund is a technically United States term).
Most of these sites will never be cleaned up and in the "3rd World " countries, the governments don't even make believe or say that they will ever be cleaned up..

Individual people need to take responsibly for their actions and ADMIT that these industrial Corporate machines that we have created are going to permanently degrade the quality of life for the inhabitants of this Planet.
At the pace that we are going, I cannot even imagine what this planet will look like in 2800 years...(or even 200 years).

Once individuals admit to themselves that they are allowing this destructive behavior to continue, and that they are allowing this to happen for selfish, lazy  and inconsiderate personal reasons, then I feel that Ethically they must act to stop it from continuing.   
If they do not act, then they must admit that they are damaged and self destructive, dysfunctional people that may not be able to see their way to a Healthy and Mature/Responsible existence.

That may very well be what happens.
There are many self distractive and damaged people in the World.  They are very easy to see.
It is logical that the Culture should also exhibit the same Damaged and Self Destructive behavior..  That is also clear and obvious.

50 generations of War and Political manipulation have resulted in many, many, Broken and Dysfunctional People (and Governments).

The Question is:   Are there enough Sane and Powerful People left in this world to somehow contain the practices of the insane and self destructive....or are they going to continue to be able to create ruin and pain in an ever growing spiral?
That really is the question.

It brings to mind the old cartoon of a Canadian Mounted Policeman that is hired by the good people of the country to track, capture and bring to Justice the Criminals of the World...
To me, that requires that we all agree on the laws that need to be enforced and the hiring of some entity that is Ethical and Accountable for their actions to "Serve and Protect".
All of those word are important....Law, Enforced, Ethical, Accountable, Serve and Protect...
There are too many loopholes and too much bad behavior that is being allowed to happen,

I say the line needs to be drawn at the contamination of the Water Supplies and the Ecosystems..  It is a clear line. It is measurable. It is Ethical and Responsible and it is the Right thing to do.
We need to pass laws that Protect the Water.
We need to hire and pay a law enforcement Agency so that the laws are enforced and they need to be paid by the penalties that are levied against the criminal corporations that are creating the contamination.
The Law enforcement Agency needs to Ethical, Transparent and Accountable for their actions and they need to be staffed with people that actually care. (and will blow the whistle on internal corruption).

A lot of this is already in place....
Why then, is there so many loopholes.

I think the reason is that we have not yet decided that there must be zero tolerance to water pollution.
A majority of the people feel that some pollution is required for our quality of life to continue.

I disagree.. In fact I think the opposite is true.
I think we need to reset the goal to Zero pollution and we will see the Quality of life start to go back up for everyone...

One thing at a time....We all must just do some little thing to help turn the tide..  I don't  want to be a Environment Zealot and I don't expect the actions of any individual (or group) to completely change the situation.
I feel that something must be done however, and it needs to be rooted from Ethical, Healthy and Unselfish motives and that may be all we (as individuals) can do.
Some people will have greater impact than others and you never know where they may come from (or when).  You may be able to make a big difference once you decide to start doing the Right thing.

So let's hope for the best and keep walking/working on the right path... (as the Native Americans people say ... "In Beat with Mother Earth").

Have a nice day...  


The Native American Alliance of Bucks County (NAABC) is a locally based group that seeks to represent and protect; the land, the culture, customs, art and history of all indigeneous people.

Beginning in September 2010, the Lenape Nation Cultural Center and Trading Post will be open  on Saturdays from 11:00 AM until 3:00PM. The center is located in the Bachmann House, 2nd and Northampton Streets, Easton, PA.      www.lenapenation.org  Contact is Shelly DePaul 610-296-1419    Email at depaul@ptd.net

Language classes also on the first Saturday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00PM at our Cultural center in Easton. (Bachmann House, 2nd and Northampton St). Classes will start on Saturday October 2nd .  The cost is 10.00 per class plus 20.00 for the Book. There is no class fee for Nation members.  Please contact me to register for these classes. depaul@ptd.net.

http://www.lenapelifeways.org/index.htm                                   Books and Educational Programs About the Lenape or Delaware Indians

http://www.panativeamericans.org/resources.html                This site is dedicated to providing lessons and educational resources on Pennsylvania Native Americans

http://www.online-communicator.com/indianpa.html             This website will shed light on the history and culture of this region's first inhabitants, and the activities of Indians who live here now.

http://www.lenapenation.org/treatysigning.html                    2010 SIGNING OF THE TREATY OF RENEWED FRIENDSHIP AT PENN MUSEUM

http://acqtc.org/                                                               The Algonquian Confederacy of the Quinnipiac Tribal Council.

Great Books:

The Spirit of Indian Women                                                Edited by Judith and Michael Fitzgerald                         ISBN-10 0-941532-87-9                  www.worldwisdom.com

Posted November 14, 2010

Trahant Calls Obama Best for Natives Since Nixon

Mark TrahantMark Trahant

Mark Trahant's high praise for the Obama administration's record on Indian affairs is now part of the record of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which held a town hall meeting Nov. 5 in Geneva, Switzerland. Others joined from Washington or via the Web.

Trahant, board chair of the Maynard Institute and editorial page editor of the old Seattle Post-Intelligencer, was quoted by Larry Echo Hawk, assistant secretary for Indian affairs in the Department of Interior.

"Well, I'd like to just comment in a general way first with regard to the Obama administration," Echo Hawk said. "And it's not just Larry Echo Hawk speaking; I would like to quote from an article that was published just recently by a well-known Native American journalist named Mark Trahant.

"He says, 'In just two years, this administration has done more for American Indian and Alaskan Native communities than any government in decade — decades. By any objective measure, Barack Obama has been the most engaged and effective president on American Indian issues since at least Richard Nixon. You could even make the case that Obama is better than Nixon because there has been so much successful legislation and executive branch action in less than two years.' So that, I think, displays, you know, the vigor of the Obama administration in trying to address Native American issues."

Trahant told Journal-isms on Friday, "I absolutely stand by those words."

By any objective measure Barack Obama has been the most engaged and effective president on American Indian issues since at least Richard Nixon. You could even make the case that Obama is better than Nixon because there has been so much successful legislation and Executive Branch action in less than two years.

A quick review of the Obama record:

  • A summit with elected tribal leaders where the president and cabinet members held a town hall. Immediately after the meeting the Office of Management and Budget was charged with the task of improving the government-to-government consultation process;
  • Enactment of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act as a permanent statue;
  • A significant number of key appointments of Native Americans at the White House, cabinet agencies, even the Interior Department’s chief legal counsel;
  • Increased budgets at the Indian Health Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs plus a sizeable slice – some $3 billion – of stimulus fund money that were directed at Indian country.

I could go on and on with the real results from this administration. (If you need a contrast, remember the frozen glare of President Bush when I asked him about tribal sovereignty or what it was like when the entire budget for urban Indian health programs was to be “zeroed out.”)

As Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk said at Taos Pueblo this past weekend: The president has been communicating to Indian country with his heart and soul. He quoted candidate Obama saying: “I promise you, as long as I serve as President of the United States, you will not be forgotten.”

That promise has exceeded expectations. So, with this kind of record you would think the election ahead would be exciting. Indian country has a stake – a huge stake – in the success of President Obama and that means supporting and electing candidates that will back his agenda.

Indian country ought to have the president’s back.

Two years ago there was a massive effort to educate, register, and get American Indian and Alaska Native voters to the poll. In states like Montana there were speakers, special dances at powwows and a sustained effort to win. That same sort of effort is needed more than ever if the candidates who support the president are to have any chance at all.

Kalyn Free, president and founder of the Indigenous Democratic Network – or INDN’s List – says tribes and individuals are not coming up with enough money. She sees great opportunities during this election cycle, with 29 Native American candidates in 11 states representing, 18 tribes. “Put $100,000 into INDN’s List and we could change the world,” Free said.

Consider the statewide candidates: Navajo Chris Deschene, the Democratic Party nominee for Secretary of State for Arizona. This is the state’s stepping-stone to governor. In Alaska, Diane Benson is the party’s nominee for lieutenant governor. And, in Oklahoma, Steve Burrage, a Choctaw, is running for election as state auditor.

Then this election is not just about gains, but it’s also about mitigating losses. It would be all too easy to watch so much recent progress evaporate. One race that captures the essence of that concern is in Washington state. Sen. Claudia Kauffman, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe, is the number one target of the state Republican Party. She has demonstrated (also in a short period of time) what it means to have Native Americans in elective office with such successes as an education reform bill that was signed into law by the governor or significant work on behalf of American Indian foster children.

The national story about this off-year election has already been about the Tea Party and the voter anger that’s demanding a different kind of government. But there is another story; the one about how the Obama administration has done what it said it would do for the nation’s American Indian and Alaska Native communities. It would be a shame for that story to drift off without an ending because not enough people organized, invested money in candidates or voted.

Indian country needs to step up and protect the president’s back.

Mark Trahant is a writer, speaker and Twitter poet. He is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and lives in Fort Hall, Idaho. Trahant’s new book, “The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars
,” is the story of Sen. Henry Jackson and Forrest Gerard.

http://www.naabc-pa.com/index.html The Native American Alliance of Bucks County (NAABC) is a locally based group that seeks to represent and protect; the land, the culture, customs, art and history of all indigeneous people.

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