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UELN Wi Ya Sipi Village
« on: December 07, 2006, 10:29:41 pm »
This made my day. United Eastern Lenape Nation Wi Ya Sipi Village West Virginia.     frederica

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Re: UELN Wi Ya Sipi Village
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2006, 10:45:24 pm »
And I can see why!  ::)

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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2006, 12:07:58 am »

Check out the cookbook with the Hot Dog recipe......too funny.
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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2006, 12:53:55 am »
Well this looks like a new start up group, I would laugh if they didn't look so pathetic. A lot of the pages are under construction but was able to read their goals. Those are of concern. Sounds like it is leaning toward another communal living style, with pooling of goods, money, ect.. Hope not another Edwards type group, I for one will watch them closely.
 Anyone on the forum up that way thats knows anything abput this group?                             Weheli


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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2006, 02:32:53 am »
I am wondering if this is a split from the original. It reminds me of the United Cherokee group with all its clans. This has villages in 4 states. The original one claimed ties to the Elders at Six Nations and/or Moravianville or town. But it looks like there is now more than one group.  I haven't been paying attention to them till Mo said something about the Pennsylvania groups the other day. frederica

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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2006, 02:43:40 am »
For a group claiming to be Lenape, why do they have a chief who claims his family to be (yet more) Cherokees who hid out from the Trail of Tears? And why would a group that says they're 90% Cherokee call themselves Lenape?

I suppose there might be two UELNs, one in TN and one in PA.
Many Moons Ago By JOSETTA GRIFFITH FNB Chronicle Editor
In 1838, soldiers near Savannah, Georgia were rounding up Indians for the removal to Oklahoma on the "Trail of Tears.’  A three-year-old Indian boy was left behind, hidden in the woods by his parents. He nearly starved, eating only fruits, berries, roots, bark and whatever he could find. A Cherokee woman who was married to an English settler found the child. She named him "Simmon Tree" because she found him underneath a persimmon tree.
The boy adopted their name after he grew up and a Justice of the Peace wouldn’t perform his wedding ceremony unless SIMMON TREE took a surname.
So, he became SIMEON TREE MARCUM, after BURCHFIELD and NANCY MARCUM, his adoptive parents.
During this time in 1838, BIG BEAR (HENRY MATHIS) and his wife MARTHA ELLEN (both full blooded Cherokees) lived in Turtletown, Ga. Make-shift stockades were used by the soldiers to gather the Cherokee Indians in until time for their removal from their native homeland on the "Trail of Tears" to reservations in the Southwest. On this particular day, BIG BEAR was away on a hunting trip and the soldiers took MARTHA ELLEN to the stockade. Word was left for BIG BEAR to be ready to travel by daybreak the next day. He refused to go and hid out, taking his three daughters, PRUDY, REBECCA and ELIZABETH, and going to Somerset, Kentucky. ELIZABETH, at the age of four, died from a fever on the way and was buried in an unmarked grave near Burnside, Kentucky.
The route the soldiers took brought the Indians across Tennessee, into Kentucky, southern Illinois and Missouri on the way to the new home in Oklahoma. MARTHA ELLEN was expecting a child and when her labor began, the drunken soldiers beat her to death with the butts of their rifles. Two women who were with her buried her beside a log, stacking rocks over her to protect her body from birds and animals....
HAROLD T. MARCUM was given the name LITTLE BEAR by his grandmother, PRUDY MATHIS, and he grew up under Indian customs, wearing shoes his father made for him using a straight last that had been handed down from his great-grandfather, BIG BEAR....

In 1979 Chief MARK LITTLE BEAR was appointed village chief in Tennessee of the United Eastern Lenape Nation.
Lenape means people. The Lenape tribe is a branch of the Delaware Indians, those which met the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock and fed the early settlers at Thanksgiving and when they were about starving through the winter.
Chief MARK LITTLE BEAR has served since 1983 as High Chief of the Middle Division of the U.E.L.N. His division is headquartered in Scott County and has 900 members. The United Lenape Band is open to those who are at least one-sixteenth Indian. About ninety percent of the members are of Cherokee descent. Other tribes represented in the U.E.L.N. are Sioux, Black Foot, Chippewa, Apache and Algonquian, to mention a few. As High Chief, Mark Little Bear represents 20,000 people across the United State and in some foreign countries.
Chief Mark Little Bear
Route 1, Box 22
Winfield, Tennessee 37892
(615) 569-4960
His duties as High Chief include speaker for said Indian nation, promotes the well being of said nation, presides over all High Councils and Grand Council, has the right to issue awards and promotions, instructs members of nation’s history, cultural (both religious and material) traditions, customs, etc., has the right to issue direct orders to any of its nation’s members, has the right to enforce all the nation’s by-laws and constitution, the right to call, when imperative, a High Council, and he answers only to the High Council.
LITTLE BEAR’s division is the largest and attempts to do the most for its people. A food and clothing-for-the-needy program is the most visible local project. DONNA (LAUGHING FAWN) MARCUM, LITTLE BEAR’s wife, supervises the operation. Items of clothing, which include winter coats, are distributed at a building located next to Chief LITTLE BEAR’s residence on the New Light Road in Winfield on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s free and there are no questions asked, according to Chief MARK LITTLE BEAR. The distribution center was built with labor and materials that were donated. The clothing is also donated by many area residents.
Chief MARK LITTLE BEAR strives to enhance the employment opportunities for local people of Indian descent and has spent a great deal of time trying to secure federal funds to provide schooling for Indians....
Last year’s Pow-Wow brought in 14,271 visitors from 16 states, during the three days of the event, 3,100 of whom were local schoolchildren. Service stations and store deli’s in Winfield reported large increases in business due to Pow-Wow visitor purchases. The Pow-Wow is not only an opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the Indian culture, but also an economic boon for the area that hosts it....
On the wall of Chief MARK LITTLE BEAR’s and LAUGHING FAWN’s living room is the Cherokee prayer for peace."

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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2006, 03:03:32 am »
Others IDd as part of the UELN.
"In addition to her family and work, Johnson is active with the United Eastern Indian Alliance, an affiliate of a nationwide organization, United Eastern Lenape Nation, open to anyone interested in preserving the Native American way of life. Johnson, who has Seneca heritage on both sides of her family, has two appointed positions, as an herbalist since 1994 and the nation's Wolf Clan mother since 1996.
"I can mix herbs and other natural items for cures for common problems," explains Johnson. "There are many common plants that can help alleviate problems. I make a lot of teas, salves, and ointments. I am always trying to learn more about these natural cures."
As the clan mother, Johnson's duties are to support other women in the clan and help to resolve disputes.
Johnson and other group members do many Native American living history presentations each year in nearby communities and surrounding schools. At most of them they set up a lodge, more commonly known as a tepee, and are attired in authentic Native American dress. "We promote information about the difficulty of life on the reservation for many Native Americans," she says. "We also do crafts in the spirit of the Native American way and explain traditions."
"In searching for the Indian origin of my great grandmother Mary Byrge Wishoun I was directed to a resident Indian tribe and chief in Scott County, Tennessee where my great grandmother was born, and lived for several years. An editor for a newspaper in that region gave me the telephone number of the tribal chief. I had several phone conversations with her, and correspondence by mail. Donna Markham, also known as Laughing Fawn, is Chief of the United Eastern Lenape Nation (middle division). Formerly known as the Upper Cumberland River Cherokee. The Cherokee band merged with the Lenape when a Chief from that tribe moved south to Tennessee from Ohio and joined them. Chief Markham uses the tribe as a springboard to help the poor in Appalachia. I am proud to say she accepted me as a member in the tribe."
"ACQTC -- Councils
Published on: 10/5/2006   Last Visited: 10/5/2006
Billy Blue-Feather Harford is the designated Head Chief of the Nation known as UELN (United Eastern Lenape Nation) and he is the Ceremonial Grand Chief of the ACQTC. He leads the annual Adoption Ceremony."
"White Buffalo Woman, Silent Coyote, Bear Spirit and Winter Hawk, of the Rapid Rivers Drum Circle of the United Eastern Lenape Nation, educated children on the customs and practices of Native Americans. Children listened to the drum circle and even got to try it out themselves. Native American foods were served and Nicole Petric delivered an oral and visual presentation that won her a trip to the Ohio State Fair competition. The presentation was of her Cherokee Heritage Living History 4-H project."
"Chief Donna Laughing Fawn (Donna Kay Marcum King) passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at the Scott County Hospital in Oneida, Tennessee.
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 4, 2006, at 12:00 p.m. in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Fults officiating. She was laid to rest in the Hazel Valley Cemetery.
In 1960, Donna joined the New Light United Baptist Church and was a life long member. She reigned as High Chief of the United Eastern Lenape Nation from 1994 until present. She organized and ran one of the first free clothing drives and food pantries in Scott County which began in 1983."

A discussion Ray had where he pointed out just how many alleged Lenape groups there are.


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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2006, 03:32:46 am »
The TN group that was re-recognized in about '93 never renewed it's charter and I think they were taken off NDN related group list. That's how the State recognized them as a "NDN related group". There were some questions about them on this new recognition process pertaining to the Charter. But not many seem to know much about them except they were mostly Cherokee. frederica

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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2006, 05:57:53 am »
I`m wondering if these people are somehow connected to Chief Minister & Ambassador Jessie Dragonswan Cornkeeper Thunderwolfe Von Noaker and his Native American Embassy & Lenni Lenape Phoenix,based in Garfield,New Jersey.........I tell ya,these folks are popping up like weeds all over.
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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2006, 07:44:43 am »
Hi all, I saw this advertisment, maybe it's connected to this group.

11-20-2006   Native American Embassy Speakers
The Native American Embassy is in need of an agent to secure public speaking engagements for our speaker. Anyone interested may contact: Ambassador ThunderWolfe at the Native American Embassy 125 Bergen Street Garfield, New Jersey 07026 Phone: (973) 546-9300 Our Speaker's Topics include, but not limited to: The American Biocaust & Holocaust. The American Role Model for Hitler & German Nazi's. 500 Years of American hate, genocide, racism & American Indian Religious Intolerance... Our Speaker's may travel anywhere.

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« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2006, 02:54:56 pm »
Yup,that`s him,Diana.

 Eastern Independent Lenni Lenape,is another name being used.

Thank you.....

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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2006, 03:11:45 pm »
Dragon Swan. How's that for a real NDN name? Why would an NDN minister or ambassador call himself a Phoenix?

I found that embassy at but didn't click on the link. Got a warning that they track people who visit the site and that their security certificate does not match who the owners say they are.

A slightly different link pulled up mostly a lot of links to other sites. Some of the politics there...calling rezzes prison camps or concentration camps. That was a pretty common idea among white radical historians way back in the late 60s/early 70s.

Their bookstore had "American Reich American Holocaust: Ther Holocaust That Taught Hitler" and Tears in Heaven Twin Towers September 11" both by Von Noaker.

He has his own church.
"American Indian Church - Multi-Faith Circle American Indian Church
Lenne Lenape Phoenix Multi-Faith Worship Circle: Meets Every Saturday, 9:00 a.m.

Space is limited. Call for schedual and reservation. Story Telling for adults and children.
A call to the Spirit. A return to the Spirit and Tradition.

LOCATION:Native American Embassy /American Indian Church
[Minister Jessie Renee (ThunderWolfe) Von Noaker]
125 Bergen Street 1st Floor Garfield, New Jersey, USA 07026
Phone: 973-546-9300 Voicemail: 973-772-1417 Fax#: On request

E-Mail: Minister ThunderWolfe: 973-546-9300"
"American Indian Church: Who Is Indian? Everyone!
Garfield, NJ    February 4th - 12th, 2006
American Indian (Lenni Lenape Phoenix) Minister & Wisdom-Keeper ThunderWolfe (Von Noaker) will be presenting wisdom on Who IS Indian at the Native American Embassy / American Indian Church throughout the year (2006) along with other presentations on Spiritual Purification, Prayer, Release of the Spirits of the deseased, Spiritual Balance & Harmony, Story Telling, Ancient but not so Ancient Customs and Traditions, and more."

I don't see any ties to the UELN, but this is interesting. A charge that Sampson might be involved with them.
"Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee
amazing - they can steal but you can't steal what they stol
Mon Apr 3, 2006 10:51PM
NATIVE AMERICAN EMBASSY : American Indian Organizations & Societies
Lawrence Sampson, Valerie Brestel-Ohle, 7501 Martin Mill Pike, Knoxville TN 37920,
865. 609.0574 ",, and are owned and ...
which will take you to a framed page that, oddly enough, has copied CITA's info - completely - on Tennessee Native American Indian & Related Organizations, up to and including the "caveat" and last update from January 1970(?).
HOWEVER, although someone has taken the liberty of stealing the work from CITA's page, they've protected their page's stolen info from being copied!

A second page also pops up:
Thank You
The following is what your browser submitted on Monday, April 03, 2006 at 23:43:17
PAGE: NATIVE AMERICAN EMBASSY : American Indian Organizations & Societies
PLATFORM: Netscape 5.0 (Windows; en-US)
LOADING_TIME: 11.26 seconds
SUBMITTER: Visitor Log
Security MailForm © 2001-2006 Native American Embassy & DragonSwan CornKeeper ThunderWolfe (Ambassador/Minister Jessie Renee Von Noaker)"

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« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2006, 04:46:36 pm »
Only speculation,since i didn`t find a listening of ordained ministers or ambassadors....whatever, but this may be where the name Dragon Swan stems from.

Scroll down and click on Ordaination:

Ordained online at no charge:

Then with parchment or resume paper to make it look good........printout your own certificate:


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« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2006, 08:49:55 pm »
UELN doesn't have NJ listed as one of those villages. But there is the Traditional Eastern Lenape Nation. I think it stands alone in Pennsylvania. This Universal Ministries is a post box 31 in Milford Ill.  Intermarriage wasn't to uncommon in NJ. The sites I looked at are under construction, so there isn't really a lot of information. But I have extreme doubts about it, just the names will give you a clue. frederica

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« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2006, 04:48:22 pm »
Here's what Bee Neidlinger over at Ancient Native Heritage had to say:
"Ah, they changed their name, but the head names are known. This group/village is made up of adoptions from any Nation or country. Known only to me as the United Eastern Lenape Nation. Not even state
recognized. Always complaining about the Lenape Delaware in Oklahoma not recognizing them either. This group is small the powwow is centered on a select few who taught themselves how to dance, very
stiffly, one wears a total black fringed leather dress claims it is Cherokee dress. Two of them came to a powwow in the state I live now and I was asked by a friend to greet them. This powwow is a memorial
dance, they were out "there" and even this year, 3 years later the regulars were talking about the black dress. I almost got in an arguement with the man about we were always here, for he stated that they went to China and Native American Indians are from China. What a group.
Check out the website below.
found this on search-
Dear Sir/Madame:

Thank you for your consideration of becoming a sponsor for our event, the Lenape Coming Home Native Gathering to be held at Blair's Field in Huntingdon, PA on September 15-17, 2006.

We are offering sponsorships to offset some of the expenses of holding the Gathering. We have received a small grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to help with costs of the artists, but the grant is less than one-quarter of the performers' costs. Also, the requirements for accepting the grant include matching the grant through local means.

By no means is the costs of the performers our only expenses as there is food to be bought to feed all the participants and volunteers for four (4) days, porta-potty costs for public facilities, advertising costs, etc thus we are charging an admission price on Saturday and Sunday. Our Village is hosting this Gathering as a means to raise funds, thus any profit will become Standing Stone Village Funds.

We also are holding craft sessions on Friday as part of the Education Day. We plan to ask each school group to bring $1 per child to help defray the costs of craft supplies, but each child's craft supplies will be more than $1. Depending on grade level, we plan to have the children make dance sticks, wrapped feathers, and beaded key chains and possibly more. For the youngest children, we plan to make coloring books and crayons available. The Standing Stone Village members are making the coloring books.

The Education Day is set up to educate school age children about Native American Culture and History and all schools in Huntingdon County and surrounding counties will be invited to attend through
field trips. All the performers listed will be present to help provide the education for the children in attendance.

Our Sponsorship form lists the expenses we are seeking sponsors for. General sponsorships are also available to defray some other costs as listed above. If you have any questions about the
Gathering or the Sponsorships, please feel free to call us at 814-506-1217 or e-mail us at: manyweasels@....

Thank you once again,
Kevin & Kim Ord
Standing Stone Village of the United Eastern Lenape Nation
14235 Valley View Circle
Mount Union, PA 17066
ENC: Lenape Coming Home Native Gathering Flyer
Lenape Coming Home Native Gathering Sponsorship Form"
Correction they went to Siberia. All Indians are from there they claim.
The UELN is connected to the TIC (Turtle Island Confederacy) a new made up confederacy it is not historical fact at all, like the Six Nations. This group also started out as a historical group centered
around Lenape ancestry and a museum. When they started membership of other Nations and Countries I don't know, but they are very mixed today. By being part of TIC they tie themselves to other groups in
eastern states and even so called Lenape/Cherokee in Tenn. They had Doris as head clan mother and also support Two Moon village and their powwow. The TIC is headed by a man from N.Y. They get together
at least once a year. All of the above are known for paid membership, naming ceremonies, and learning about Lenape from books.
There new website is nice and unadorned without the pan Indianism they show at the powwows. There is more but that's enough for now."