The mission of the Delaware Nation Cultural Preservation Department is to preserve the culture, language, history, ancestral lands, sacred sites, objects of cultural patrimony, materials, and objects possessing ongoing cultural significance to the Delaware Nation through education, communication and consultation with local, state, federal agencies and organizations in the Delaware Nation’s 17 state area of interest.

Cultural Preservation is home to our language program, princess program and we plan and execute several cultural events throughout the year. Consultation is also part of Cultural Preservation. Consults often consist of meeting with various museums, historic centers and, at times, large corporations seeking to develop within our areas of historic oversight.

It is the mission of the Delaware Nation’s Cultural Preservation Department to protect and perpetuate our story so future generations may continue to pass on the rich history and culture of the Delaware people. The programs under the guidance of the Department are: Culture Events, Language, and the Princess Program.

Learn more about our Cultural Preservation Programs by clicking on the links below:

Sonnie Allen

Sonnie Allen

Director of Cultural Preservation

Cultural Preservation Events

The Mission of the Cultural Preservation Events Program is to provide culturally relevant activities, information, and knowledge of the Lenape/Delaware Nation specifically to Delaware members but open to the community when available.

The goal of the Cultural Preservation Events Program is to provide activities to explore our rich history and culture. Participants will be instructed on Lenape or eastern woodland culture by applying traditional methods to our crafts or activities. We will read and share stories from our families and other resources. 

We will better understand the transition our traditional teachings and incorporate as much into our current standard way of life by discussing history versus current events. We will explore the traditional methods of parenting, cooking, games, survival, dance, song, ceremonies, courtship, marriage, death and burial. 

We will discuss, create, and maintain our heritage by creating Delaware Regalia and the accessories through the teachings and methods learned. 

Recruitment of individuals who are knowledgeable in the Lenape culture will be an ongoing activity.

Any suggestions or referrals will be appreciated.

Linda LittleChief

Linda LittleChief

Cultural Events Coordinator

Phone: (405) 247-2448 Ext. 1408
Email: LLittlechief@delawarenation.com

Inga Burkhardt

Inga Burkhardt

Cultural Events Assistant

Phone: (405) 247-2448 Ext. 1407
Email: IBurkhardt@delawarenation.com

Princess Program

The Delaware Nation Princess Program is a program specifically designed to assist our Tribal Princesses during their reigns as our designated representatives of the Delaware Nation. 

The program instills the importance of the history and honor of the Princess title with a curriculum that includes history, culture lessons and dance etiquette.  We also assist with planned dances and event that are of cultural importance to the Nation.  More importantly, the Princess Program is designed to uplift and encourage future leading women of the Delaware Nation.

The funding of the program comes directly from the Cultural Preservation Budget (Section 106). It is supported by no federal monies, however, requests for additional assistance may be submitted and approved by the Executive Committee, at their discretion.

Melanie Quiver

Melanie Quiver

Princess Director

Phone: (405) 247-2448 Ext. 1182
Email: MQuiver@delawarenation.com

PHYSICAL ADDRESS:
Delaware Nation
31064 US Highway 281
Building 100
Anadarko, OK 73005

MAILING ADDRESS:
Delaware Nation
P.O. Box 825
Anadarko, OK  73005

PHONE:  (405) 247-2448
FAX:   (405) 247-9393