Petra's Projects

Petra

My name is Petra Thombs, and I am the Executive Director of the Ramapough Lenape Community Center. This non profit, organization is run by the Ramapough Mountain Indians, Inc. I am a candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry and a graduate of Union Theological Seminary. I met Chief Perry of the Ramapough through the Center for Earth Ethics. .As a woman of African American and Cherokee heritage, I am on the Red Road to learn and connect with traditions and heritage of Indigenous peoples and Nations. I am supporting the culture and traditions of the Ramapough Lenape. Last year we ran an after school program, summer camp and many cultural programs in the surrounding schools and communities. .
I have been an educator all of my life, serving as a special education teacher, and district administrator. I recognize the tremendous disparities afforded to Indigenous peoples and peoples of Color in general. I am working to be an advocate for parents and students. Racial discrimination has been particularly devastating in North Jersey, affecting education, employment and housing opportunities.
We are working to rebuild our community center, applying for grants, networking with the school system, and beginning to lay the foundation for partnerships which will have positive impacts for the Ramapough Lenape.

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Joined 03/07/2019