USCG Training Center Holds Heritage Event
Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center, Cape May, N.J., were treated to a speech on the history of the Lenape Indian tribe during a Native American Heritage event held on base, Nov. 5.
Wesley Dunn, vice president of the Museum of Indian Culture, presented interesting facts about the tribe that inhabited the area more than 500 years ago. Additionally, Dunn brought many Lenape artifacts which he displayed for members to examine.
The event was put on by the training center's Leadership, Diversity Advisory Council to highlight Native American Heritage Month.
"This LDAC is excited to sponsor this presentation because it's a great opportunity to learn about the pre-colonial history of our community," said Lt.Cmdr. Doug Daniels, president of the LDAC.
The displays included weapons, clothing, pottery, tools and musical instruments used by the Lenape Indians.
The month of November was designated Native American Heritage Month by former President George W. Bush in 1990. The focus of the month is to remember and honor the contributions Native Americans and Alaskan Natives have made to our country.