April 19, 2017

In the wake of Keystone XL and #NoDAPL protests, the indigenous Ramapough Lenape’s “forceful resistance” to Ares-backed Pilgrim Pipelines profiled in the New York Times.


CC Victoria Pickering
CC Victoria Pickering

The Ramapough Lenape Nation have joined the mounting opposition to Ares Management’s Pilgrim Pipelines, according to a report last week in the New York Times.

The proposed 178-mile oil pipelines financed by Ares Energy Investors Funds (EIF) already face the Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipelines comprised of 76 community and environmental groups, significant bi-partisan opposition in New York and New Jersey, and have been rejected by most of the municipalities in the potential route. See our earlier research here.

Now, the New York Times is reporting that the Ramapoughs are “leading a forceful resistance” to the proposed pipelines.

After “organizing rallies, lobbying local politicians and packing a series of raucous public meetings,” the Ramapoughs have built a protest camp inspired by the opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline that took place at Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. “The pipeline gave us a reason to come back together, and now we’re here to stay,” said Muriyd Williams, who goes by the tribal name Two Clouds.

The Ramapoughs may again face their “old foe” Donald Trump, who in 1993 said, “I think I might have more Indian blood than a lot of the so-called Indians,” as part of his media campaign against the Ramapoughs and other tribes’ applications for federal recognition. Tribal chief Dwaine Perry told the Times, “We’re still dealing with the consequences of the racist lie he perpetuated.”

Is Ares counting on the Trump administration to force the pipeline through?

Read the full New York Times story here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/14/nyregion/ramapough-tribe-fights-pipeline.html

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