MAHWAH, N.J. – Members of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation traveled to Manhattan Thursday to urge New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to remove the city’s assets from banks funding the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The Ramapoughs – including Chief Dwaine Perry – joined others representing groups such as the American Indian Law Alliance and the NYC American Indian Community House at a rally on the steps of city hall.
They urged de Blasio to follow the example of Seattle leaders, who recently ended their city’s business with Wells Fargo because of the bank’s investment in the controversial pipeline that would cross under the Missouri River in North Dakota, the Standing Rock reservation’s lone water source, Observer.com reported.
Members of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation – many of whom live in Mahwah, Ringwood and West Milford – are fighting a similar battle closer to home. The proposed Pilgrim Pipelines are slated to run through municipalities in Bergen and Passaic Counties.
“We must stand in unity,” Chief Perry recently told a group gathered at Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah. “Regardless of who you are, what you are, what you think you are, you still need to drink water.”