|UCTP Liaison Officer Angel Ortiz at the 2017 Honoring the Veterans Powwow|
A Guainia Taíno Tribal member, Ortiz commented "As every year, the Pequot Nation received us with profound respect including us not only at annual Grand Entry, but also at the Sacred Ceremony of the posting and retiring of the Flags." This year Ortiz's wife, Carmela, also participated representing the U.S. Coast Guard and carrying the American Flag.
Several Taíno Women and their family members also traveled from far distances in order to make it to this event, among them, Chali'Inaru SmileznBill Dones from Massachusetts and Nicole Luz from Rhode Island.
Throughout 2017, the UCTP flag was presented by Ortiz at multiple Powwows throughout