RamapoughSmudges.OilPipeline.ChristopherOcchicone.NYT

The Keystone XL oil pipeline – which drew fierce protests from the Standing Rock Lakotas – is not the only proposed development project to face opposition from American Indian neighbors; the Ramapough of New Jersey are fighting a similar proposal, worrying about a big spill ruining the drinking water on their historic lands and desecrating their ancient religious sites. Last fall they conducted a smudging ceremony to bless and purify the people, much like Christians who use incense to aid in prayer. (Christopher Cocchione/The New York Times)

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