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Bergen County Indian Wars temporary restraining vacated

June 20,2017
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Mahwah NJ, on Monday a judge vacated a temporary restraining order filed by Mahwah Township against the Ramapough Lenape Indians.

The restraining order was imposed on a 14-acre prayer ground the Ramapoughs at the edge of a housing development.

Mahwah officials claimed that the Ramapoughs are in voilation of zoning laws because of tents, teepees and other structures they erected on the site, which is within a conservation zone and flood plain.

In an opinion issued by Superior Court Judge Charles E. Powers, “the township has not demonstrated that the temporary restraints are required to prevent imminent and irreparable harm,” .

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Reader says Ramapoughs Must Find balance


I have read several articles about the Ramapoughs. The Pollution of their land by Ford was a crime that caused and still causes health problems. They need superfund cleanup and healthcare screening for this.

Their fights with neighbors will not win them many friends.. A few years ago three Ramapough members were arrested for arson for setting fire to a home (empty) that a tribe member had lost in foreclosure.

Assimilation is the name of the game. You can keep your culture alive and still participate in the life of the outside community. Education and jobs are the future. If you chose to live totally as a tribe member your opportunities will be limited. Find balance

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Ramapoughs accused of putting up teepees without permits


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Tom Nobile , Staff Writer, @TomNobile5:16 p.m. EST December 23, 2016

The tribe has also been charged with moving soil without permission.

MAHWAH — The Ramapough Lenape Nation must go to court to fight summonses issued by the township alleging that the Native American tribe erected teepees and tents on a property off Halifax Road without permission.