Delaware Tribe of Indians
Bartlesville, OK 74006
Historically Delaware Territory extended along the Delaware and Hudson river valleys in what are today the states of New Jersey, Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania and southeastern New York. The name Delaware was given to the people who lived along the Delaware River and the river in turn was named after Lord de la Warr, the governor of the Jamestown colony in what was to become Virginia.
In the Delaware language, the tribe calls themselves Lenape (len-NAH-pay), which means something like "The People." The tribe's ancestors were among the first Indians to come in contact with the Europeans (Dutch, English, and Swedish) in the early 1600s. The Delaware Tribe was respected by other tribes. Despite this peaceful reputation, they were also known for their fierceness and tenacity as warriors when fighting became necessary. Many of the early battles and subsequent treaties between Europeans and Native Americans were carried out by the Delaware with Dutch, and later, English settlers, who slowly encroached on Delaware lands.
Highway Corridors (within 5 mi.): US-75