Land Acknowledgement Statement

The land on which Drexel University stands is Lenape land, and we pay respect and honor to the caretakers of this land, from time immemorial until now, and into the future. We openly recognize the Lenape Indian tribe as the original inhabitants of eastern Pennsylvania. Acknowledging this history is consistent with the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Drexel recognizes the historical links between the land on which the University sits and the Lenape peoples. We honor and respect the enduring relationship that exists between these peoples and nations and this land. This land acknowledgment is one small act in the ongoing process of working to be in good relationship with the land and the people of the land.


About Lenape Nation

Drexel University is on the traditional territory of the Lenape (Leh-NAH-pay) people, the original inhabitants of Delaware, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New York. For over 10,000 years they have been the caretakers of these regions and of the River of Human Beings (more commonly known as the Delaware River). The Lenape were the first tribe to sign a treaty with the United States and to have land set aside for them in New Jersey. Over a period of 250 years, many Lenape people were removed and dispersed throughout the country; some took refuge with other tribes, while others remained in their homeland to continue the traditions of their ancestors and revitalize their communities.