Native New Yorkers Today

Many people whose ancestors were from Native New York still call the area their homeland. Thousands of people belong to Native communities in New York state, while many others live among the non-Native population. Thousands more belong to tribal nations located in New Jersey, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Ontario, Canada. Today, many descendants of the Lenape call themselves Delaware. Native people and nations take pride in their cultural heritage and find ways to celebrate their rich histories.




Curtis Zunigha, Director of Cultural Resources for the Delaware Tribe of Indians

Meet a tribal member from the Delaware Tribe of Indians, based in Oklahoma, and discover how he works to keep his nation’s cultural heritage alive.

Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians

We, the people of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, today live on tribal lands in Wisconsin as well as in other parts of the state, the United States, and the world.

George Stonefish (Delaware [Lenape]/Chippewa [Ottawa])

Meet George Stonefish, a Native New Yorker and Lenape elder.

Discussion Questions

  1. How are tribal members and nations working to keep their culture and heritage alive?
  2. Why is it important for Native people to keep their cultural heritage alive?
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