N.J. Indian tribe gets court’s OK to keep fighting for legal recognition

At the heart of the legal battle is official state recognition, according to attorney Greg Werkheiser, founder of the Washington, D.C.,-based Cultural Heritage Partners who is representing the Cumberland County-based trial nation. New Jersey had “officially” recognized the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape in 1982 “as an American Indian Tribe,” according to the Appellate decision. When the state recognized the Lenni-Lenape, it also recognized two other New Jersey tribes as well.

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