The name derives from the people's original band name, Minisink, which means "from the rocky land." The Munsees

Munsee/Lenape Chief Lappawinsoe

originally lived in the mid-Atlantic, in areas that are now southern New York, northern New Jersey, and southeastern Connecticut. Dutch and British colonists forced them to leave their homeland in the 1700's. Some of them retreated to Canada, where most Munsee live today. Others joined the Mahican Indians in New York; the two tribes were eventually deported to Wisconsin, where they live together today. Still others sought shelter with their relatives the Delaware (Lenape,) and continue to live among them now.