Nii ndushiinzi Sasha (Karen Hunter) waak Neeka shiinzuw Steven Secka.
How many of you are ready for the brand new season premiere of Ramapough Lunaape Nation’s language classes? We are happy to see a lot of eager students out there.
I know you’ll all be excited to learn that the dates for the next TWO classes have already been set!!!
Nov 15 & Dec 6th
The Lunaape Language Teachers Dream Team Comeback Tour starts Nov 15th.
Unfortunately, Steven Secka has a previous commitment so he won’t be teaching the Nov 15th class. Both Steven & I will be there for the final class for 2014 on Dec 6th, so we hope to see you all there.
We are eager to start teaching Lunaape to anyone who wants to learn.
I would like to say xwat anushiik to everyone for their understanding & support. During the past year I have taken time off to take care of my parents. Unfortunately, nine months ago today my father passed away and I needed some personal time.
PS – There will be a prize for each student who brings a friend to class.
I hope everyone is planning to attend at least ONE of the last TWO classes of 2014. I can’t wait to see all of my Ramapough family!!!
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Resolution to oppose Proposal 1 Redistricting constitutional amendment
WHEREAS the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has long advanced the causes of civil rights and equal opportunity, especially in regards to voter access to fair democracy;
WHEREAS the NAACP strongly supports redistricting reform to end unfair partisan gerrymandering practices that marginalize and disenfranchise communities of color;
WHEREAS there is a constitutional amendment before New York State voters on November 4th which creates a Redistricting Commission—appointed by legislative party leaders—that isn’t independent or impartial (Proposal 1);
WHEREAS Proposal 1 relies on cosmetic changes and locks-in unfair partisan practices, and will roll back the ban on prison-based gerrymandering that we fought so hard to achieve;
WHEREAS Proposal 1 will institutionalize into the state constitution the cracking and packing that has divided minority communities, resulting in under representation in the State Senate;
RESOLVED that the NAACP NYS conference strongly urges voters across the state to reject this amendment and vote no on Proposal 1 on November 4th.
Adopted: October 11, 2014 NAACP NYS Conference Assembly
- Scottie Coads, Chair Civic Engagement Department
Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, President NAACP NYS Conference
TURN BALLOT OVER – VOTE NO!
THEN CAST YOUR VOTE!
Today was a super day of comraderie and good times… Joe Carver ….Little Sun Hick..Stephen Leonardo and Chief PerrySpent an enjoyable afternoon helping to heal the trees on are ceremonial land by covering thier badly exposed roots with nutritious fresh soil….
Hoping more Ramapough and friends join us going forward as we have some exciting projects coming up..
Come on down , bring a chair and relax …
It might just be your imput that makes everything work best.
As part of the Native American celebration events for November 2014, the RCC Native American Heritage Committee is sponsoring Dr. Walter Chuck Stead, an award-winning local environmentalist and social ecologist, who will give a lecture in the Ellipse on Tuesday, November 4th from 11:00-12:30 on Native American traditional healing ways and practices. We invite you and your students to join us in this enlightening and educational experience as we explore the ecological bounty of our native Rockland, NY and Bergen, NJ regions.
A New Old Way: Traditional Healing Knowledge in a Contemporary Time
“Dr. Chuck Stead will be presenting a lecture on the role Traditional Ecological Knowledge plays in ecological restoration and community among our indigenous neighbors. Stead, a life-long resident of the Ramapo region, has been working with the Ramapough Munsee Nation in their struggle to recover from Ford Motor Company pollution of the watershed. A professor with Ramapo College of Mahwah New Jersey and an environmental educator with the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Dr. Stead continues to research and write on the intersection of Traditional Knowledge and Academic Scholarship.”
** Be sure to tell your students about our upcoming November 13th trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Bowling Green, New York City – come join us! (Posters and flyers are up around the campus and an email invite to the campus will go out shortly)**
The Ramapough Lunaape Nation
Will be celebrating our survival, our love for the
Land and each other on Sunday October 19th
We celebrate: Our right to pray as human Beings as it was given before time
We celebrate: Our ceremonial land being made tax exempt
We will hold a healing ceremony for the trees and the Earth
(They need You)
We ask All of the Friends of the Ramapough to join Us.
We celebrate: your friendship
Bring a Plate, Bring some Beans, Bring some Horse Shoes or a Smile but most importantly Bring Yourself.
ENJOY YOUR LAND AND YOUR PEOPLE
COME and SHARE Your Laughter and Your Sorrow
Celebrate our Lives
THAT ALL MAY LIVE IN A REAL REAL GOOD WAY: Sashem Maqua
Location: 95 Halifax Road , Mahwah , New Jersey Across from Ramapo College
Weather permitting otherwise we will meet at the building
Its quiet as I sit here alone pondering the loss of two wonderful women in just a week. One quiet and always emanating love to were you could nearly touch it, Grace(DeFreese) Van Dunk and the other a bit more effervescent, filled with a love for life, a big smile and a hardy laugh, Laurie (Milligan) Boyd.
Two young beautiful Women who now sit with the Creator, two beautiful young women with wonderful warm smiles who will be remembered always in those special moments when the creator allows us a glimpse of his majesty it will be then as the sun warms a cheek or rustles a leaf that we will remember them with love in our hearts, with bowed heads and perhaps a tear. You will be missed Grace DeFreese Van Dunk and Laurie Milligan ,you will be greatly missed…
Thank You for allowing me to know your kindness …
Chief Perry (Dwaine)
The Tribal Roll will re-open on October 01, 2014 and remain open until December 31, 2014. After December 31, 2014 the Roll will remain closed until the new Administration is able to select a new Genealogy Committee and make some changes to the Enrollment Process. Please note that the new Enrollment Process will also include an Enrollment Fee for all new applicants and the amount will be decided and posted on the Website when the Roll is opened again.
Currently any member that has lost or misplaced their Tribal Card can send in a request for a Replacement Card along with a $10.00 money order to cover the cost of processing the Replacement Card. You will also have to send a stamped self-addressed envelope along with your request to mail you Replacement Card back to you.
New Applicants, from October 01, 2014 to December 31, 2014, there will be no New Enrollment Fee. If you have access to a computer you can scroll down to the end of the Home Page and under the column “BlogRoll” click on the Tribal Enrollment Application link and download a PDF copy of the Enrollment Application. Anyone that needs an application mailed to them must send in a stamped self-addressed envelope requesting the application be mailed to them. Anyone living within the Tribal Building area can always go the building and pickup applications if needed.
The enrollment application is two pages that must be fill-out completely, all three (3) columns on the first page, and one of your ancestors must have one of the qualify Ramapough surnames and born before 1940. The qualifying surnames are (Castelonia, Conklin, De Freese, De Groat, Dennison, Jennings, Mann, Milligan, Morgan, Perry, Powell, Sisco). Your ancestor with one of the qualifying surnames must be found in the 1900 United States Census Records living in one of the qualifying New Jersey or New York areas. The application also must include you telephone number and email address if you have one, so we can reach you if needed.
All new applicants must send in a copy (not the original) of their birth certificate, and the certificate must have their qualifying Ramapough Parent(s) name on it. No Birth Certificate will be accepted if it does not have this information on it. If you have a birth certificate without your parent(s) name, then you will have to order a new one with the names on it.
You must also send in a stamped self-addressed envelope along with the application to send your new Tribal Card to you, if your application is approved. If your application is not approved it will be returned to you in the envelope.
The Tribal elections are complete. The results are as follows:
Tribal Chief: Dwaine Perry
Wolf Clan rep: Charlene De Freese
Marten Band Rep: Joseph Mathis
Turkey Band Rep: John Bragg
Waywayanda Band Rep: Floyd Hicks
The Election Committee wishes to congratulate the winners and thank all who participated in putting on this election, especially all of the volunteers who spent hours making sure everything was done in a fair and honest way.
Chief Dwaine Perry
Sub-Chief Vincent Mann
Deer Clan Chief – Still Pending
Turtle Clan Chief – Still Pending
Wolf Clan Chief – Charlene De Freese
Paterson Turkey Band Chief – Johny Bragg
Staten Island Martens Band Chief – Richard De Groat Thomas, Joseph Mathis (2) Candidates
Waywayanda Band Chief – Floyd Hicks
RAMAPOUGH LENAPE NATION
- Be a member in good standing & on the current Tribal Roll
- Minimum 5 years of positive involvement in tribal life
- Proven Community Relations, Public relations and team building skills, ability to do public speaking
- Be at least (45) forty-five years old on date of election
- Must be able to commit a minimum of (30) thirty hours per week conducting tribal business on site
- Minimum (5) five years management/administrative experience, to include; Budgets, payroll interpret monthly state, tribal and local policy
Polls will be Good Shepard Church in Ringwood, Brook Church in Hillburn and the Tribal Building in Mahwah.
Polls will be open from 10am – 3pm.
ARTIFACT IDENTIFICATION DAY
PRESERVING NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE
American Indians lived in the Ramapo Mountains for thousands of years prior to the coming of European settlers and THEY ARE STILL HERE. Indian settlements have been documented though the Highlands region by archaeological excavations most recently within the basin of the nearby Monksville Reservoir and at the Springhouse Rock Shelter in Sloatsburg, N.Y.
Bring your Native American artifacts and have them identified and authenticated by Ed Lenik, archaeologist and author of several books on the Ramapough Mountain Indians, rock art and Indians in Bear Mountain State Park, N.Y. Lenik will provide the public with a free authentication of artifact collections and answer questions about Indian culture history.
A Documentary called ” The Canary Effect”
Free Firewood contact the Tribal office, also free file cabinets call (201) 529-1171