Ramapough Mountain Indians

Ramapough Mountain Indians

About Ramapough Mountain Indians

The Ramapough Mountain Indians, also known as Ramapo Mountain Indians or the Ramapough Lenape Nation, are a group of approximately 5,000 people living around the Ramapo Mountains of northern New Jersey and southern New York. Their tribal office is located on Stag Hill Road on Houvenkopf Mountain in Mahwah, New Jersey. Since January 2007, the Chief of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation has been Dwaine Perry. The Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation are described as the descendants of the Lenape _ including the Hackensack, Tappan, Rumachenanck/Haverstroo, and Munsee/Minisink people _ with varying degrees of Tuscarora, African, Dutch, and other European ancestry. The Ramapough have common ancestry with the Stockbridge-Munsee and the Brothertown Indians of Wisconsin. The Ramapough ancestral language was Munsee, but, following contact with European colonists, the community was also known to have spoken English and Jersey Dutch in the past. Today they speak English.

Contributions by Ramapoughnative, Ramapoughnative1, and ChrisRuvolo.