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The town of Mahwah has levied fines in excess of $1,000,000 --and counting-- for
zoning violations. These fines have been levied because the tribe erected
"structures" without a zoning permit.
These "structures" in question are tepees, sweat lodge, a yurt and a porta-potty, etc. The tribe had also erected a few years earlier
a prayer circle and stone altar, for which the tribe DID have a permit. Bu the town then vindictively REVOKE those permits in 2017 when they began to levy the new fines.
This constitutes religious persecution as the tipis, sweat lodge, prayer circle
and stone altar are part of their relifous practices. The Ramapough have been praying on this
land for decades.
Imagine if a town were to levy fines against a private home owner who erected some sort of
Jaedo-Christian religous structures.
The land sits in the middle of the "Polo Club," and exclusive development of
mansions and high end-homes.
These home owners resent the presence of indigenous people amidst their aerie;
should be noted that the 3,000 plus member tribe consists of people of color,
primarily the result of blacks being
the only people who could be counted as friends for the ensuing 100 years after
the civil war,
the Ramapough Lenape were the 1st people to be enslaved in the state of New Jersey when there were no sizeable African presence on the continent.
· Many of these indigenous people are veterans, including Chief Perry a Vietnam veteran.
For news coverage and other information on the Ramapough, click here-->http://niany.com/VeteransCamp-SplitRockSweetwaterPrayerCamp.html