Make Mahwah Great Again

Honor Indigenous Sovereignty

MK Johnson
July 27th, 2017

Make Mawah Great Again*
In today's two court sessions regarding the Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp both cases were re-scheduled for reasons that raised a number of questions, and not just because they were delivered by the Honorable Dennis G. Harraka JMC very quietly, at high rates of speed (no recording devices aloud).

Honorable Dennis G. Harraka JMC

Honorable Dennis G. Harraka JMC

The first issue addressed is now being moved to the conflict court in Hackensack. The Judge had been notified by the administrative offices of the court that he'd been recused from his role in deciding whether or not the Ramapough Lenape Tribe is **allowed to pray** on their ceremonial grounds. This was due to his having been the prosecuting attorney the last time it was tried in court. To this he said “the charge against the Indians” is dismissed... today.

However, he did not see any conflict of interest when it came to trying Chief Dwaine Perry and Owl Smith of malicious mischief. The attorney arrived just in time to question this, and when the Judge held his position, the defending and prosecuting attorneys, and the accused, spent time in a side room reviewing the one bit of documentation the town police department had to share... According to a livestream just after session from Unity Warriors - Ma'iingan Ikwe, Chief Perry states that the video was of him getting out of his car in sight of the camera 2-3 weeks after the incident.**

Earlier, Two Clouds, a member of the Ramapough Lenape Tribe, shared a map of the property lines of the Ramapo Polo Club, the gated community that was built on the hills around the ceremonial prayer camp. I've color coded the Ramapough Lenape plot in the first image, the darker blue-green is the river. The red line indicates the property line. The camera that the Chief and Owl are being accused of "Malicious Mischief" for actually sits on the Tribe's property. Just to also put it on the map, so does the giant sign the Polo Club installed to let everyone know where to park, or where not to park.

The camera located on the end of the Ramapo Polo Club Bridge, but physically located on Ramapough Lenape Tribal Land

The camera located on the end of the Ramapo Polo Club Bridge, but physically located on Ramapough Lenape Tribal Land

A sign on Ramapough Lenape Tribal Land

A sign on Ramapough Lenape Tribal Land

Line of sight from the street corner, taken on Ramapough Lenape Tribal Land

Line of sight from the street corner, taken on Ramapough Lenape Tribal Land

The Split Rock Sweet Water Prayer Camp has been standing in solidarity with Standing Rock since October 2016. They are the Keepers of the Ramapough Pass, where Spectra Energy is trying to push the Pilgrim pipeline through to the Indian Point Nuclear facility, and then right back out again, running Bakken Shale oil through New York and New Jersey. The NY-NJ Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline - CAPP has been working on this with the Tribe,*** but reportedly the Township of Mahwah's City Council has been using intimidation tactics so effectively it is discouraging them. Division is happening everywhere, unity is encouraged. 

In 2012 the Township of Mahwah determined these ceremonial grounds of the Ramapough Lenape Nation were "zoned for prayer." The first of yesterday's court cases was supposed to be about the township's recent decision to not "zone" the Tribe's ceremonial grounds for prayer.

In 2012 the Township of Mahwah determined these ceremonial grounds of the Ramapough Lenape Nation were "zoned for prayer." The first of yesterday's court cases was supposed to be about the township's recent decision to not "zone" the Tribe's ceremonial grounds for prayer.

The only way to make Mahwah NJ great again is to hold the Township’s City Council and court system accountable for an increasing number of allegations and tactics that demonstrate systemic racism against the Ramapough Lenape Tribe. 

-MK

#MNIWICONI
#StandwiththeRamapough
#UnityWarriors
#PrayersUP

#FIGHT
#EnvironmentalRacism
#OutrightRacism

"Make Mahwah Great Again" is the actual township slogan.
**50 seconds into the livestream: 
https://www.facebook.com/maiingan.ikwe01/videos/1538611459495716/
***https://www.waterislifemovement.com/pilgrim-pipeline

Photos by MK