The New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC), a division of the NJ Department of State, will host the 2021 New Jersey History Conference, We’re Still Here: Indigenous History and Persistence in New Jersey, virtually November 12-13, 2021.
The land now known as New Jersey has been home to the Lenape for over 14,000 years. The removal and forced displacement of Indigenous communities by European colonizers resulted in a historic diaspora. Some tribal nations, officially recognized by the state of New Jersey, maintain communities that still thrive in the state today. For federally-recognized tribal nations and First Nations located in other parts of North America, New Jersey and the greater mid-Atlantic region is an ancestral homeland. In addition, intertribal peoples and others who identify as Indigenous are a part of the rich cultural legacy of Native peoples in the state. The 2021 New Jersey History Conference will explore the history, cultural heritage, and contemporary issues facing diverse Native American communities through the lens of New Jersey studies. Click to view the conference preliminary program.