photo courtesy of the Ramapough Mountain Indians
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Mahwah NJ, the Ramapough Mountain Indians don’t have to pay more than a million dollars in fines.
On the the Facebook page for the Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp , the name of the prayer site a member rejoiced by saying,”Power of prayer! These people are wonderful people! I’ve met them twice. They are strong and stand 10 feet tall! They walk in a good way and are very generous. Very humble. This is fantastic news! I’m happy for them! Great victory for the Ramapough People! “
According to the settlement the tribe gets to continue to use its 14-acre property for prayer gatherings.
And a series of lawsuits brought by Mahwah township, the tribe and a homeowners association are dismissed, according to a settlement agreement approved Thursday night by the Mahwah Township council.
The Mahwah council voted 4-to-2 to approve the settlement, which was verbally reached last Friday. It stops a more than two-year battle and erases $12,500 per day fines the tribe has been incurring since the Spring of 2017 for using the Split Rock Sweet Water prayer ground on Halifax Road — which it owns — for religious gatherings.