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Proposed Borough Symbol Change Angering Local Native Americans

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The town of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey is considering changing their borough symbol which currently depicts a Native American. The proposed new image will contain the same background, but with the removal of the Indian. Now the Ramapough Lenape Nation is upset over the proposed change of the logo.

Borough administrator of Franklin Lakes, Greg Hart, said the plan was to streamline its brand for Franklin Lakes, whose four different logos all depicted Native Americans. A contest was set up at the high school to have someone create new artwork to represent the municipality.

Chief Perry, of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation, fears the township is trying to change history.

“When we are talking Franklin Lakes, you are essentially talking part of the core of the homeland. Anything within 50 miles of the Ramapough past essentially is where all of the Ramapoughs have traditionally come from,” Perry said.

Chief Perry believes there is a difference between using the image to represent the native people and also using a logo that shows a caricature of the American Indian.

There doesn’t seem to be any prior complaints about the symbol, and Franklin Lakes is still weighing their options in changing the iconic emblem.

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