Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Township In Litigation With Indian Tribe Over Use of Prayer Grounds

In Mahwah, New Jersey, where most of the attention is on a lawsuit claiming that the township is attempting to keep out Orthodox Jews (see prior posting), NJ Advance Media reports on another trial under way also involving religious rights.  The township is attempting to force the Ramapough Lenape Indian Tribe to remove teepees and other structures the tribe erected on their 13.6 acre prayer ground on the Ramapo River at the base of a high-priced housing development. the tribe says the township is trying to criminalize its religious gatherings.  The township argues that the issue is zoning compliance in a conservation zone and flood plain. It says the tribe has created a camp ground that is not permitted under zoning regulations.