My last diary on the Native Americans in NJ referenced Pandora's Box. Well folks, it appears Pandora's Box is officially opened according to the following press release:
Over the past six years, with an increased effort over the last three (3) years, there has been an attempt to eradicate the existence of two Native American tribes living in the State of New Jersey- the Sand Hill Band of Indians and The Ani-Tsalagi Onaselagi Northeastern Band.
During the month of February, legal action will be taken by one of these tribes that will affect the entire population of New Jersey, as well as impacting upcoming N.J. elections.
Within the next week, a press release will be sent giving more details as to the time, date, and location that the legal filing will occur. A Press Conference will be held immediately after filing.
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For more information on what led up to this event, please see the following:
Clip# 1 September 17 Meeting of the NJ Commission on American Indian Affairs, where 10 full minutes was spent by the Commission, attempting to prevent Sand Hill Councilman Ron Yonaguska Holloway from addressing the Commission.
Clips #3 and #4 Ron Yonaguska Holloway finally allowed to give a formal presentation on the history of the Sand Hill Band of Lenape-Cherokee at the November Commission Meeting of the NJ Commission on American Indian Affairs (The Commission for reasons that are unclear, still refuses to acknowledge the tribe as indigenous to NJ.)
If you want to see in person, the Indian museum in Paterson across from the Great Falls also has great exhibits of the Sand Hill Band of Indians.
Two bills stalled in Committee in Trenton regarding the tribes:
For Assembly Bill A205: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2... Sponsored by Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Comm John F. McKeon, 4 Sloan Street, Suite D & E, South Orange, NJ 07079 Phone:973-275-1113 For Assembly Bill A206: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2... Sponsored by Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle Assembly State Government Committee Joan M. Quigley, Chair, 242 Tenth Street, Suite 101, Jersey City, NJ 07302 Phone: 201-217-4614 For Senate Bill: S108 http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2... For Senate Bill: S109: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2... Sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg and Senator Ronald Rice, Wage, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee Jim Whelan, Chair, 511 Tilton road, Northfield, NJ 08225 Phone: 609-383-1388
And so, I have given all the information over months and months that should explain why Tribes still in existence in NJ and INDIGENOUS to NJ, because they have been so poorly treated by the Government of our state, have had to resort to this legal action.
The Governor won't be able to say we didn't warn him. The blame rests squarely at his feet.