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Keystone of our Vision: A New Cultural Center at Wyalusing

Design by Campbell Architects LLC

In honor of Chief Mike Medicine Shield, Ancestors, Grandfathers, Clan Mothers, Elders and the People of Eastern Delaware Nations. Welcome to the lodge! Sit around the fire and visit.
Eastern Delaware Nations (EDN) is a group of American Indian descendants who seek to gather the scattered people of the Delaware tribes, restore traditional culture through researching history, heritage and cultural contributions and promote cultural awareness through education.

Eastern Delaware Nations is finalizing architectural plans for a new Cultural Center on Rt. 6 near Wyalusing PA

Wyalusing Rocks Scenic Overlook, also known as "Prayer Rocks," on Rt. 6 near Wyalusing PA

History of Wyalusing Rocks
Grandfather Wayandaga, EDN's first Chief, dreamed of buying back sacred land known to the people as Wyalusing Rocks. In 1999, Eastern Delaware Nations purchased approximately 14 acres of ancestral land straddling Route 6, two miles north of Wyalusing PA. The site includes historic Wyalusing Rocks scenic overlook, featured in National Geographic's Appalachia Geotourism Map.
Currently we are in the process of planning a new Cultural Center with room for meetings, workshops, and a place to interpret the story of American Indians in Northeastern PA. The building will have an open multipurpose area, an office, library, kitchen, and house exhibits. A living history village, heritage garden, and a variety of trails are planned for the site. This is a place to learn, share our heritage and culture, pray, and be together.

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Eastern Delaware Nations was first incorporated in 1984 and achieved Federal Non-profit 501c3 status in 1993. But we are not 'recognized' by Pennsylvania or the federal government as a tribe.

Although the government officially says no Indians stayed in Pennsylvania, we are still here!

Donations to Eastern Delaware Nations are tax deductible. If you would like to donate, or if you have questions about donations, please contact:
Eastern Delaware Nations
Treasurer, John Taffe
RR 4, Box 4366
Dushore, PA. 18614

Eastern Delaware Nations is comprised of twelve tribes: Nanticoke, Lenni-Lenape, Munsey,Conoy, Susquehannock, Shawnee, Sicannasee, Wiccomiko, Mohican, Umlatchgo, Conestoga, and Alleghany

Chief Mike Medicine Shield Taffe, (pictured at right), was ordained Tallak of Eastern Delaware Nations on December 27th, 1992. The blood ordination ceremony took place at the gravesite immediately following the funeral of Chief Wayandaga. Upon completion of this ceremony Chief Medicine Shield became our newest Grandfather and Chief of our Nation.
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January 15, 1920 - December 14, 1992

Chief Wayandaga, (pictured at left), served the American Indian communities of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He founded the United American Indians of the Delaware Valley and Eastern Delaware Nations in Pennsylvania. A traditional Nanticoke Medicine Man, he was a direct descent of Sachem (chief) Wi-Daag, who signed the first treaty with William Penn.

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