A Message from the Chief:

Eloongoomatti: All My Relations

During this time of renewal in the start of Light we give thanks to the Creator for all that he has given us. The Ramapough are grateful for life, we recognize our blessings and our sacred connection to our Grandmother the Earth. We give Anushiik, thanks to all of our relatives: the four legged, the winged, and the Green. We give thanks, too, to all of the people of the sky, the earth and the water.   We are grateful for the many gifts we have received, from the food that nourishes us to the medicine that heals us, to the shelter we are given.

 We give thanks to our Grandmother, for our spiritual wellbeing, that we may find ourselves on the path of the Creator in A Good Way.

  To All of the Ramapough, I ask Our Grandfather, a good way and a real good way for each and every one of you. I ask that all may be well, that our children be healthy and our Elders filled with the joy of your love, may this be so as we lift each other up, our neighbors and especially those who are vulnerable in this time of fear.

As we ponder tomorrow, let us remember our grandmother and begin now to help heal the trauma and degradation which has been visited upon her …for surely each wound, each careless and negative act visited upon Grandma is a scar… a wound visited upon our own health, our future and our children.

Dearest Ramapough, now is the time of Blessings, let us use each moment of this time of restraints as a time to heal our families, our old wounds and our forgotten differences. Let us now take this gift of our grandmother as a time of reflection, a time to heal ourselves and our nation, a time to celebrate the gifts of the spirit which we have been given. This is a time to celebrate our humanity.

Ramapough, our fireplace has been lit …come send up a prayer that the darkness  may soon leave , that our families will be made whole,  our Nation be made strong,  that our relatives the Dine’,  the Lakota, Nekota, Dakota and All of our Relatives of the East , the South, the West and the North, may now come together as one and heal the Sacred Hoop which was broken here in the time of the 1st fireplace.

Yes…!!!  Remember and practice the social distancing, the isolating, the hand washing, the masks and all of the medical advice. But most importantly, remember who you are and Come and Pray. Be healed, Ramapough!

 The illness which permeates the atmosphere, impacting our health, may be part of the illness visited upon our Mother.  Even in small ways, we can act to support her healing through our actions. May this be a time to renew our spirits. May we reflect on how to become better people- let us live with purpose, may we take the time to listen and understand. As we are spending more time together, let this be time to renew our connections. Be good to one another, let us live with love for one another. Be encouraged, let us emerge from this difficulty renewed in our traditions, that bring us joy.

In the meanwhile, please continue to do everything you can to protect yourself and your loved ones. Follow the CDC and local guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Try to maintain some normalcy but practice social distancing. Use technology to call, text and zoom into groups to connect.  We do ask that you answer the Census on line; this is a critical way to bring services to the communities in which we live. We cannot afford to be under counted. Call and encourage others to complete this as well.

Our condolences go out to those who have lost loved ones and to those who are caring for sick family members. We will continue to pray for their healing. We also want to thank those who are on the front lines in service to the sick, as well as those who provide service to all as truckers, packers and delivery persons. It is clear how important you are and the work that you do for everyone, and we want you to know that you are appreciated. 

For more information about COVID-19 and what you can do to continue to keep healthy and safe, visit the Centers for Disease Control at cdc.gov or your local health department’s website.

Please stay well and be safe as we take care of ourselves and each other during this difficult time. We will get through this together. We are one! All My Relations!!!

Xwat Anushiik,

Chief Perry

Court Dismisses Polo Club’s Case Against Ramapoughs

The club requested an injunction to prevent the Ramapoughs from using the land, which they consider sacred.

https://patch.com/new-jersey/mahwah/court-dismisses-polo-clubs-case-against-ramapoughs?fbclid=IwAR1jANEo5qJmT7NTxX13XB-ufOF5lT-V0Z8IltqB2oGCpf2cbxaJ5jC_Dm0

MAHWAH, NJ — A case against the Ramapough Mountain Indians has been dismissed from Bergen County Superior Court.

Judge Robert Wilson signed an order Friday dismissing the litigation the Ramapo Hunt & Polo Club Association filed against the Ramapough.

The association sought an injunction against the Ramapough that would have barred them from using the land at 95 Halifax Road.

“The case being dismissed against us today serves to embolden the power of the U.S. Constitution and goes along way to reinforce badly needed and missed good ole common sense,” said Aaron De Groat, media director for the Ramapough Lenape Nation. “As a people we have been wronged for hundreds of years and maybe just maybe we can begin to see justice for ourselves.”

The Center for Constitutional Rights, which represents the tribe in that federal court case, said in a statement the injunction was a “blatant attempt to force the Ramapough off sacred land they own and have used for religious practice and cultural assemblies for generations.

“The court correctly saw through this blatant attempt to use the legal process to target a specific group on the basis of race and religion,” the center said.

The tribe said it acquired the land through a private transaction in 1995. The tribe calls it the Sweet Water Prayer Site.

Native Americans have said the land is theirs and dates back 10,000 years. It used to be home to an ancestral villages and a burial ground.

The case is one of a series of legal proceedings involving the parties that date back years.

The Ramapoughs filed a federal lawsuit against in the town in May, alleging the officials illegally fined them hundreds of thousands of dollars for holding prayer and community ceremonies there. The tribe’s sacred prayer circle and a stone altar are on the site. Other structures were erected in protest of the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline in New Jersey and the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. (See related: Ramapough Indians File Federal Lawsuit Against Town, Polo Club)

Superior Court judge ruled in January the tribe violated local zoning laws when they erected tepees and other structures on the land.

The tribe argued that has a First Amendment right to assemble at the property and hold religious ceremonies on the Halifax Road property.

Judge Keith Bachmann, of the Bergen County Super Court Appeals Division, decided to uphold a 2017 ruling that Mahwah officials were correct in issuing more than 100 summonses for building the tepees and other structures without permission, NorthJersey.com previously reported.

A Superior Court judge denied an injunction in December 2017 filed by the Ramapo Hunt & Polo Club Association against the Ramapoughs. (See related: Judge Denies Ramapo Polo Club’s Injunction Against Ramapoughs)


Email: daniel.hubbard@patch.com

Munsee Language and History Workshop

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History & language Weekend 

May 4-5/19

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Traditional Gathering 
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Fund Raiser Date: May 18, 2019 Saturday 1 – 5 pm At Tribal Community Center

Come experience a unique self care ritual that’s designed to soothe mind/body/soul. Good people, good vibes and good medicine using ear acupuncture, sound healing and reiki in a relaxed group setting; designed to improve energy, immunity, mood, sleep and clarity while reducing pain, anxiety, depression, and stress. 

Treatments provided by Zelene Quiles, licensed acupuncturist of Key Elements Acupuncture, who has been practicing for 13 years. Since present day culture automatically promotes stress, anxiety and illness, she is passionate about educating people on how ancient methods of medicine can promote the body to heal and correct itself back to optimal health.
Email questions to KeyElementPoints@gmail.com

$20 Donation includes the option of having both the Acupuncture & Reiki

Genealogy

In anticipation of the Genealogy Office opening soon…

As of 2006 one of the requirements for enrollment and continued enrollment into the Ramapough Lenape Nation was that all applications must have a copy of the applicant’s certified birth certificate with their qualifying Ramapough parent(s) name on it.  Also your application must be filled out to the three (3) generations with names and dates.  If you do not know the dates then please write “unk” in the space

Applicants:

This is a requirement and the Genealogy Committee cannot process any applications that do not have a qualifying birth certificate attached.  If the Committee receives any applications without a birth certificate, the applicant will be notified by U.S. Mail or Email if an email address is on the application.  This will slow down your approval process because the application cannot be processed until a  birth certificate is received, so please do not send applications without birth certificates.

The above also applies to current members and old members that were removed from the roll in 2006 because you did not send in a birth certificate or your paperwork was incomplete.

Old Members:

Old members that were removed from the roll in 2006 and are now requesting updated cards will not be put back on the roll until their paperwork is complete (a completely filled out application with a qualifying birth certificate is considered completed paperwork).

Old members requesting updated cards will receive a letter notifying them what information is required in order to be put back on the roll.  It may require completing a new application or sending a qualifying birth certificate or both.  The letter will state what is need.

Genealogy Committee

For Tribal Enrollment Form – click here