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Santa Fe, New Mexico (UCTP Taino News)
- Jamie Figueroa (Taino), a recent valedictorian graduate from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico will be one of the featured interviews on `Dateline NBC' Friday, June 1, 2012. A part of the program, will showcase various colleges and graduates from around the United States. The segment, airing at 9pm est. (8pm central), will include a Tribal College, IAIA, for the first time. The Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development (IAIA), is one of 36 tribal colleges located in the United States.

Figueroa graduated earlier this month with a B.F.A. in Creative Writing. She is of Taino heritage from Boriken (Puerto Rico), and enrolled with the United Confederation of Taino People. Among her many accomplishments, Figueroa has been published in various literary journals, including Split Oak Press, ekleksographia, the Tribal College Journal and the Santa Fe Literary Review. She also created an internship for herself at the Santa Fe Reporter writing an online blog, "With This Pen," which explores race, identity and relationships. Figueroa has also taught creative writing in elementary, middle and high schools, and in the Honors Program at the University of New Mexico. She believes story–the act of telling story and listening to story–is the most powerful tool we have as human beings to enact compassion and change.

'Dateline NBC,' is the signature broadcast for NBC News in primetime.

Source: UCTP Taino News

Posted 13 June, 2012
Este año en la session 11ava del Foro Permanente de Pueblos Indígenas de las Naciones Unidas, el tema de discusión fue "La Doctrina del Descubrimiento". Una gama, vasta de áreas en las cuales aún siguen repercutiendo los efectos de esta vil doctrina y entendamos cómo se sigue utilizando hasta el presente y a nivel global.

En Las Américas, experimentamos la llegada (invasión) de barcos de velas hace más de 519 años, sin embargo ahora, la práctica continúa (nunca cesó) y en vez de esos barcos de vela, nos encontramos con compañías multi-nacionales que continúan ofreciendo la máscara de un progreso económico para algunos y la desdicha y destrucción para las masas, particularmente, la de los pueblos indígenas, sean éstos reconocidos como tal o continúen siendo invisibles/extinctos, como la mejor excusa para continuar apoderándose de sus tierras, conocimientos y recursos y de los cuales depende la subsistencia de los indígenas.

Mas aqui:

Posted 13 June, 2012
Scientists unearth thousand-year old taino agricultural field
Posted by: ""   la_voz_taino
Thu May 3, 2012 6:19 am (PDT)

KISKEIA (Dominican Republic) - Taino artefacts that according to experts are over one thousand years old, including an agricultural field that was found intact and dating back to the pre-Columbian period, have been found in an archaeological site project in Rio San Juan, on the country's north coast.

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Posted 13 June, 2012
Washington, D.C. (UCTP Taino News) - For the 14th consecutive time CARICOM member States of the OAS refused to participate in the meeting of negotiations on the points of consensus on the historic Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. This meeting was held at OAS headquarters in Washington DC from April 18-20 2012. This noble effort could become even stronger than the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and would be a beacon of hope for the entire world - if only certain OAS member states would stop trying to sabotage it at every opportunity they get.

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Posted 13 June, 2012
BORIKEN - El representante popular Víctor L. Vassallo radicó legislación para que el gobierno financie un estudio sobre la presencia taína en el ADN de los puertorriqueños y de esa forma busca abrir un debate sobre la relación con el gobierno de los Estados Unidos.

"Si la genética de los boricuas convence al gobierno de Estados Unidos de que somos una minoría étnica con lazos de sangre predominantemente indígena, se abriría un debate interesante en nuestra relación con Estados Unidos", expresó Vassallo en un comunciado de prensa.

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It is said that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own that the dominate society is truly the cultural engineers that manufacture our reality.

How do you reclaim your mind...your culture? One way is to pass along your oral traditions - one story at a time. Here is the latest video in that effort:


TAINO 101 - A collaboration between the United Confederation of Taino People and Alex Zacarias.


Posted 10 August, 2013
Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
The Taino carvers who left us their petroglyphs understood the importance of images and although I use different tools then my ancestor’s did - I feel that their spirits guide me to continue to tell our stories.

If you missed this year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August) that shined a spotlight on indigenous media — television, radio, film and social media — and their role in helping to preserve indigenous cultures, challenge stereotypes and influence the social and political agenda here is the link below:

In the photo Roberto Mukaro Borrero (UCTP) facilitated the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples event at New York's United Nations.

Video link to the event:

“From community radio and television to feature films and documentaries, from video art and newspapers to the Internet and social media, indigenous peoples are using these powerful tools to challenge mainstream narratives, bring human rights violations to international attention and forge global solidarity,” Secretary-General Ban said in his message for the Day.  “They are also developing their own media to reflect indigenous values and fight against myths and misconceptions.”

Posted 10 August, 2012

New Video

Tainos and supporters share their thoughts and stories as they participate in the the 12th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues in New York May 2013