MAHWAH, N.J. – Members of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation and New York-New Jersey Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline (CAPP) will publicly show their support this weekend for Native American tribes and others fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline, slated to run from North Dakota through Illinois.
“We are joining over 100 indigenous nations and thousands of people across the continent who are showing up in this historic movement moment for indigenous rights, clean water and climate justice,” states the CAPP website.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is proposed as an approximately 1,172-mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline that will transport about 470,000 barrels of light sweet crude oil per day. It will connect the rapidly expanding Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois.
The Standing Rock Sioux, and others, are fighting the project, saying it will damage and destroy sites of great historic, religious and cultural significance.
On Sunday at 11 a.m., members of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation – many of whom live in Mahwah, Ringwood and West Milford – and CAPP will meet at the Ramapough Lunaape Nation's ceremonial grounds to show solidarity with those fighting the pipeline. There, they will hold a Water Is Life Ceremony, which will include speakers, drumming and prayer.
The Ramapough Lunaape Nation's ceremonial grounds are located at 15 Halifax Road in Mahwah.