On May 6, 2017, in Home, Public Notices, by Staff

We need your help to meet our urgent need and spread the word!  We have launched a new Go-Fund-Me Campaign!!!

[Click Here to Visit the New Go-Fund-Me Webpage]

In August 2016 our tribal leadership sought ways to raise critically needed funds to replace those lost due to the actions of the New Jersey state government, which has attempted to reinterpret our tribe’s state-recognized status. At that time, we were concerned that we only had a few months of operating funds and were uncertain as to what the future held. Your generous response to this first plea exceeded our expectation. We are truly grateful for the outpouring of generosity and concern.

In spite of an initial favorable ruling in federal court, the state of New Jersey refuses to honor its past resolution and statutes in regard to our tribal status and continues to reject attempts at negotiating a resolution. Our court battle with the state continues and we anticipate going to trial at some point this year. Because of this ongoing struggle, tribal funding for basic operations remains in jeopardy. The attack on our state status continues to negatively impact our ability to qualify for the funding we previously received on a regular basis, and negatively affects even our ability to raise the needed funds through our tribal store and other ventures. While our state recognition is not merely about the issue of funding and protections for our crafters and tribal business ventures, it has certainly had an increasingly devastating result in each of these areas.

Our tribal government is determined to press on, but needs help to do so. In order to simply keep our doors open, we need approximately $25,000 annually to cover basic building and grounds expenses. If we could raise at least that amount through donations, we would be able to “stay afloat” and utilize any funds raised through other means to complete our revenue producing cultural and environmental educational initiatives, in the hope that they will eventually sustain the budgetary needs for our basic operations.

Please help by making a donation and also by circulating the word and pointing friends, family, and associates to our Go-Fund-Me page. Donations are tax-deductible. Help us to reach our annual building and grounds operating goal of $25,000.


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