Traditional Homelands Returned to Indigenous Hands
August 25, 2023
Sixty-three acres of Cohanzick Lenape traditional homelands are now in the hands of the Native American Advancement Corporation (NAAC), an organization dedicated to the advancement and development of all North American Natives based in Bridgeton, New Jersey.
Tyrese Gould Jacinto, president and CEO of NAAC, and her father, former Chief Mark "Quiet Hawk" Gould, are citizens of the Nanticoke Lenape Nation and have direct ancestral ties to this sacred land.
"The acquisition of the Cohanzick Nature Reserve is a monumental step toward preserving this ancestral homeland and sharing its significance with the broader community," Jacinto said in a statement on Tuesday. "We are committed to creating a haven for individuals, a place where traditions are deeply rooted in conservation, and the public can learn about the rich cultural heritage of the Cohanzick Lenape people."