4/20/2006

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UCTP Taino News - As a result of the historic occupation of the Caguana Ceremonial Park last year by Taino Activists representing the Consejo General de Tainos Boricanos and the Caney Quinto Mundo, Puerto Rico has seen an unprecedented number of Taino related conferences and events taking place around the island. The majority of these events however have not involved the island’s Taino leadership or if they do involve Taino People, it is not to take part in any meaningful dialogue but rather to perform some type of cultural demonstration. The position of the UCTP is that indigenous peoples need to speak for themselves on every issue that concerns them as well as be involved at every level of related decision making processes.

Sponsored by the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture, a conference entitled “Where are the Tainos?” is scheduled to take place at the Caguana Ceremonial Center on April 21, 2006. That the sponsors have not invited the Taino Activists to take part in this conference being held at our sacred ceremonial grounds is yet another example of the trend of indigenous exclusion and the on-going disrespect of the Taino People. Do you agree?

o Yes, I agree that the Caguana protesters should have been invited to participate at the conference and Taino People should be able to speak for themselves on every issue that concerns them as well as be involved at every level of related decision making processes.

o No, I think the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture should make all the decisions regarding Taino culture.

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