The Ramapough Lunaape Nations Ceremonial Grounds should be declared Tax Exempt
Ramapough Lunaape Nations Ceremonial Grounds should be declared Tax Exempt -
Hearing on Monday, September 8, 2014
Solution Center Conference Room
501 East State St., 1st Floor
1. We have owned the property since 1980.
2. We pay approximately $3,000 a year in taxes on land we are told cannot be built upon.
3. We have always used the land for Open Air Prayer. We have held Weddings on it. We have sent a number of our People to Walk Across From It. (Funerary)
• There is a Living Altar whose teachings are given to everyone who may want to hear.
• There is a Kunduweewiikaan (Church) adorned with Msiingw (carvings)
• We have hosted many from the United Nations
• There is a Dance Circle
• There are Three(3) prayer Homes (sweat Lodges) belonging to different peoples
• It should be noted that the Ceremonial Grounds have been used by Hindus, Christians, Jews and Tribal People from both North and South America.
In addition across the pond our land is used almost exclusively by non-Tribal members for hiking, fishing and the launching of small crafts, canoes, etc.
Again, I implore ALL to please sign this petition and write to support our efforts in meeting this challenge.
Help us to continue growing in the understanding of the spirit and in the Love for the Earth… Anushiik Sachem Maqua.