Confederation Welcomes New Representative in Connecticut

Connecticut (UCTP Taino News) – This month, the United Confederation of Taino People (UCTP) welcomed Hector “Baracutey” Gonzalez as its Liaison Officer in the State of Connecticut. A Boriken Taino whose family comes from Puerto Rico’s Aibonito, Orocovis, Naranjito and Coamo areas, Gonzalez will be responsible for UCTP outreach in Connecticut.

Since 1996, Gonzalez has been working for the Mashantucket Peqout Tribal Nation as a Security Enforcement Officer under the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police Department. A veteran, Gonzalez started his military service in Boriken (Puerto Rico) with the old 65th Infantry Div. (Ranger) Army National Guard in Camp Tortugero, in Vega Baja. Later he served with the U.S. Army Special forces as a Light Weapons Specialist and a Medic. Gonzalez did 2 tours in South East Asia and during tours as a medic he was an adviser to Indigenous communities in Central and South America.

On his creative side, Gonzalez plays the Native Flute and makes them only for children who have a terminal illness at no charge to their family. He continues to visit middle and high schools to educate students on Taino culture.

Contact information for Hector Baracutey Gonzalez will soon be made available at the UCTP webportal at www.uctp.org.

UCTPTN 03.16.2009

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