Forced Removal of the Lenape People: History and Homecoming

Humanities Keynote with Curtis Zunigha
Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in The DeNaples Center Ballroom at The University of Scranton

Forced Removal of the Lenape People: History and Homecoming, a keynote talk with Curtis Zunigha, enrolled member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians in Oklahoma and co-director and co-founder of the Lenape Center in New York. Now living & working in Lenapehoking, the Lenape ancestral homeland, Zunigha will share his experience and mission to heal the wounds of forced removal & colonization and his desire is to restore the circle of friendship, respect, and shared occupancy. 



Curtis Zunigha
Curtis Zunigha is an enrolled member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians in Oklahoma. He has over thirty-five years of experience in tribal government & administration, community development, telecommunications, and cultural preservation. He is an acknowledged expert on Delaware/Lenape culture, language, and traditional practices. Mr. Zunigha is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of The Lenape Center, based in New York City. The Lenape Center promotes the history and culture of the Lenape people through the arts, environmental activism, social justice and agricultural practices. The Lenape Center’s work represents the return of the original Indigenous people to their original homeland of Lenapehoking (NY, NJ, PA). Curtis Zunigha is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.  


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Event sponsors:

  • The University of Scranton
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Lackawanna County Arts & Culture
  • Lackawanna Historical Society
  • Scranton Public Library
  • WVIA
  • with additional support from The University of Scranton Office of Equity and Diversity