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Dwaine Perry ’74

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Dwaine Perry

Tribal Chief Is on Front Line on Human Rights

Vietnam War veteran Dwaine Perry ’74, Chief of the Ramapough-Lunaape Tribe, is no stranger to the front line. From integrating the first barbershop in Suffern in 1965 to serving in the US Army as a member of a reconnaissance team working the Cambodian border with Marine snipers, Perry is a man out front, particularly regarding human rights.

Upon returning to the US after Vietnam, Perry enrolled at RCC, where he was instrumental in establishing the College’s first student organization for people of color. He later earned a bachelor’s degree from Pace University and an MS in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University.

A Hillburn resident, Perry aided in establishing an indigenous-rights group that was the precursor to the reformation of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation’s structure. He continues to champion human rights today, focusing primarily on issues concerning the Ramapough Lunaape Nation and Native Americans.

Perry lives with his wife, Pat, at his childhood home in Hillburn. He has two daughters and a granddaughter.

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