About Us

Posted on: Sat, 12/15/2018 - 19:33 By: Aahaas

Although the Ramapough Lenape Indian ancestors have resided in the Ramapough Mountains for thousands of years, there is little documentation in New York or New Jersey that refers to the nation. There are many reasons for this, starting with the lack of a written language by the Lenape people. The written history of the native people in this area was always left to the non-native community to write, and with their ignorance of Lenape ways and language, their documentation was seldom accurate. Therefore, we rely on our oral history more than the writings found in the history books. Most of the Europeans that came to Scheyichbi didn’t understand that the different bands of natives that lived throughout New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania were all part of the whole Lenape Nation. The bands were known by the places they resided, therefore Europeans thought they were different nations. Each band had their own Sachem or leader, whom represented them.