MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey-based Native American tribe thwarted decades ago by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is still seething.
Vincent Mann, a sub-chief of the Ramapough tribe, tells The Record that many are still angry with Trump because of a campaign he waged to block federal recognition of the group in 1993.
Federal recognition could have led to casinos in northern New Jersey potential competition for Trump’s properties in Atlantic City.
A spokeswoman for the Trump campaign did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
The Ramapoughs trace their heritage back to the Leni-Lenape who mostly moved west after Europeans arrived on the continent.
The 5,000-member tribe has been recognized by New Jersey and New York, but the Bureau of Indian Affairs denied their application in 1996.