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Ramapough vs Hollywood

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Mahwah, New Jersey (My9NJ) - The big Hollywood movie “Out Of The Furnace” starring actors like: Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson was recently released and now the Ramapough Indian population in New Jersey are not happy with the way that they were depicted in the film.

A group of Native Americans are now suing the filmmakers for over $50 million claiming that they were misrepresented and that their community is embarrassed by the portrayal.

Chief Perry is not directly involved with the lawsuit, but he commented on why his people are not happy with this film.

“I think initially we’re still looking at the appropriate strategy. The concern is for our children and people as a whole going forward. I represent 5,000 people not just in terms of leadership, but also in terms of spiritual turpitude. It seems to us for these 17 people to essentially go off on their own is basically a bit like being a loose cannon,” he said.

In the movie Woody Harrelson depicts a character with the last name DeGroat which is actually a very common name among the Ramapough tribe. This brings up even more concern for the kids in the community who may share the same name.

“The impact upon formative minds, children just going to school, lasts for generations. I call upon the good conscious of the good people involved in the production of that film to close it down, that’s pocket money in Hollywood, let’s get real,” Perry said.

Perry hopes that something will be done to help them restore their good name.

“I would like to see some type of national apology because, number one, we’re looking about healing racial hate,” Perry said.

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