Schaghticoke and Taino Declare Unity

East Haven, CT (UCTP Taino News) – History was made at the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe’s Fall Gathering when a historic “Declaration of Unity” was signed with the United Confederation of Taino People. The treaty signing was part of the special event held at the landmark Old Stone Church in East Haven. The gathering also featured inspiring presentations by Doreen Bennett (Maori) of Aotearoa/New Zealand, Mashu Whitefeather (Cherokee), Neil Chaske (Dakota), and several distinguished members of the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe. 

Schaghticoke Sachem Robert Hawk Storm Bergin and Roberto Mukaro Agueibana Borrero, the president of the United Confederation of Taino People (UCTP) were the main signatories of the treaty, with several community members acting as witnesses including Heriberto “Guaragua’niki” Martinez (Taino), Angel Ortiz (Taino), and Ed Wolf-Walker Conley (Schaghticoke). 

According to the treaty document, the Declaration of Unity was entered into with the “present and future generations” of both Peoples in mind. Both leaders remarked on the importance of this level of recognition and solidarity between Indigenous Peoples and are looking toward to possible joint programs in the near future. 

 UCTP Taino News 10.19.2014

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I want to point out a giant significant point to how big this treaty actually is. Roberto is of the people directly hit by Columbus the first wave on that side. We are the first ones to directly make contact and got hit the hardest on this side. This truly is historic. I am a direct decendent of Massasoit my 13th great grandfather and king Phillip my 12th great uncle. Massasoit was the grand chief of the Algonquin tribes and made the ultimate desition to help the pilgrams forming the first treaty with them.