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Taino Continue to use the U.S. Census to say “We are Still Here.”


UCTP President, R. Mukaro Agueibaná Borrero (center) with 
Robert L. Santos (at left), Director, U.S. Census Bureau, and Leila Dickerson (at right), 
NY Regional Director, U.S. Census Bureau (UCTP Photo)

New York, NY (UCTP Taíno News) – The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the 2020 data sets on American racial and ethnic origins in a report entitled “Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File A.” The reporting is the culmination of an analysis of 350 million detailed responses to the race and ethnicity questions that were collected in the 2020 Census. A significant population increase is noted, 85% from 2010, among American Indians including the Indigenous Taíno. The overall number of Americans claiming Indigenous heritage increased from 5.2 million in 2010 to 9.6 million in 2020. 

The increase is significant, especially for the Taíno whose total recorded population number in 2022 is 112,682. This means that according to the U.S. Census, the Taino are the 10th largest American Indian population of all the recorded American Indian groups. In Borikén (Puerto Rico) 50,114 identified themselves in the Census as Taíno, while over 26,000 identified themselves as Taíno in New York. Other large Taíno population areas on the U.S. mainland include Florida and Connecticut. 

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The United Confederation of Taino People (UCTP) has maintained an official partnership with the U.S. Census for the last 3 Census counts. One of the UCTP’s principal request to the U.S. Census Bureau was that they highlight “Taíno” as a separate Tribal Category in lieu of more ambiguous terms such as "Spanish Indians.” The UCTP also requested that search options for “Taíno” be as accessible as it is for other Indigenous Nations. 

“The new report from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that they have finally taken our continuous requests seriously” stated R. Mukaro Agueibaná Borrero, the current President of the UCTP and a kasike (chief) of the Guainía Taíno Tribe. Borrero continued stating “We presented what we view as the past discriminatory interpretations of the Census data to the highest level of the Bureau. We also indicated our serious concerns with continued reports of field officers – Census data collectors – in Borikén (Puerto Rico) who allegedly urged community members to identify themselves as White or told individuals that they could not identify as American Indian on the Census.” 

On behalf of the UCTP, President Borrero met with Robert L. Santos, Director, U.S. Census Bureau, and Leila Dickerson, NY Regional Director, U.S. Census Bureau, and other Bureau officials earlier this year.

Roger Guaiakan Hernandez, a board member of the UCTP, noted that "In 2010, the UCTP’s Liaison Office in Borikén launched a campaign to increase Taíno participation in the Census. The campaign resulted in the local Census Officials on the island recognizing our work during a special event held at the Tibes Ceremonial Center in Ponce. This had a positive effect on our Census-related efforts in both Puerto Rico and the Diaspora.” 

Hernandez continued stating “Our efforts and the significant increase in the number of people who identified as Taíno in 2010, is connected to the recent increase that we see in the report results of the 2022 Census. That means that our strategies as the UCTP are working.” 

UCTPTN 11/04/2023

Taino Highlighted at Springfield, MA Puerto Rican Parade

UCTP Liaison Officer, Chalinaru Dones with Grand Marshall Waleska Lugo DeJesus 
during the 33rd Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade in Springfield, Massachusetts

Springfield, MA (UCTP Taíno News) –
On Sunday, September 17, 2023, hundreds marched through downtown Springfield to celebrate the 33rd annual Puerto Rican Parade. Puerto Rican flags were waved by the thousands of spectators who lined the streets while Latin Music filled the air. The 2023 Parade theme was “Nunca Olvides Tus Raices, Never forget your roots.” 

The parade's Grand Marshall, Waleska Lugo DeJesus was featured atop a large float decorated in the style of a tropical forest from Borikén (Puerto Rico) that was presented to pay respect to the Indigenous Taíno Peoples of the Caribbean. A Liaison Officer for the United Confederation of Taíno People (UCTP), Chalinaru Dones, was invited by the Grand Marshall to not only accompany her on the special float, but to also open the Parade with a Taíno prayer. Dones is a citizen of the Guainía Taíno Tribe. 

Lugo DeJesus stated “I wanted to bring authentic representation to help educate that we still exist and Chalinaru reminded me that when we don’t acknowledge our history we can be erased.” 

Waleska Lugo DeJesus is the CEO of Inclusive Strategies and the founding director of the Healing Racisim Institute. She is widely known for her anti-racism advocacy and for identifying educational strategies to create equity.

UCTPTN 09182023

Taino Confederation Joins Over 700 orgs along with high profile Activists and Actors in Sending Pres. Biden Letter Ahead of NYC March

Edward Norton, Jane Fonda, Mark Ruffalo, Rosario Dawson, Don Cheadle, Alyssa Milano, Marisa Tomei, Alicia Silverstone; join climate leaders in sending letter 

NEW YORK, NY (UCTP Taíno News) – Excitement is building ahead of this Sunday’s "March to End Fossil Fuels" taking place in New York City. Today, actors, activists, and climate leaders today joined more than 700 organizations in sending a letter to President Biden urging him to take action to end fossil fuels. The United Confederation of Taíno People is among the letter’s signatories and a registered endorser of the March. 

The letter is signed by actors and outspoken climate activists Jeremy Strong, Edward Norton, Jane Fonda, Mark Ruffalo, Don Cheadle, Rosario Dawson, Alyssa Milano, Marisa Tomei, Alicia Silverstone, Alysia Reiner, Dallas Goldtooth, V (formerly known as Eve Ensler), and Susan Sarandon in addition to UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Vanessa Nakate, Youth Advisor to UN Secretary-General Ayisha Siddiqa, and author ​​Naomi Klein, along with many other Climate leaders including R. Múkaro Agueibaná Borrero, UCTP President and Kasike of the Guainía Taíno Tribe. 

“The world is burning before our eyes in a record-breaking summer of extreme heat and climate disasters. Scientists around the world are gravely alarmed about how rapidly climate change is accelerating. The oceans are boiling, workers and poor communities, disproportionately Indigenous communities, and people of color, are dying from extreme heat and dehydration, and floods and wildfires are raging across the planet,” the letter begins. 

The letter and the March to End Fossil Fuels come just days ahead of the United Nations Climate Ambition Summit also being held in New York City on September 20th. It is first-such summit being promoted as dedicated to ending the fossil fuel era. The letter calls on President Biden to make the commitments necessary to participate in the summit, “We ask that you step through those Summit doors and commit to stop approving fossil fuel extraction and infrastructure, phase out existing production, and declare a climate emergency to accelerate a just transition off fossil fuels.” 

“For Caribbean and other Indigenous Peoples who are on the Frontlines of the Climate Crisis, we need to be visible, heard, and fully and effectively participate in the development of policy and international, national, and local strategies to combat manmade temperature rise, which is fueling the degradation of the environment, increasing natural disasters and extreme weather events as well as food and water insecurity and conflict,” said Kasike R. Múkaro Agueibaná Borrero.

The representatives of the United Confederation of Taíno People and the Guainía Taíno Tribe will be present at the March to End Fossil Fuels, which will begin at 1:00 PM ET in New York City on Sunday, September 17. Organizers are predicting this will be largest climate mobilization since the start of the pandemic as thousands of participants from across the globe will march together to urge President Biden to phase out fossil fuels and declare a climate emergency ahead of the UN Climate Ambition Summit.

UCTPTN 09.13.2023

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Environmental Studies- Southampton College
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La Confederación Unida de el Pueblo Taíno (CUTP)

La Confederación Unida de el Pueblo Taíno (CUTP) fue establecida como un consejo de liderazgo indígena del Caribe o “autoridad intertribal” inspirada por confederaciones indígenas antiguas así como iniciativas contemporáneas.

Sus miembros se encuentran en todas partes de las Antillas Mayores y Menores así como los Estados Unidos y más allá del horizonte.

El CUPT se dedica a la promoción y la protección del patrimonio cultural y las tradiciones espirituales del Taíno y otros Pueblos Indígenas Caribeños contemporáneos y las generaciones futuras. Con la ayuda del establecimiento histórico del CUPT, los descendientes de los primeros " Indios americanos " que descubrieron a Colon en 1492 ahora tienen un foro para presentar una voz unificada acerca de asuntos que conciernen atraves del Caribe y la diáspora.

La Confederación Unida de el Pueblo Taíno
Oficina de Enlace en Boriken
P.O. Box 495,
Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, 00601

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Ahora disponible: La Voz del Pueblo Taíno - Edición Borikua: Vol. 2, Número 1, Enero - Marzo 2010

La Voz del Pueblo Taíno - Edición Borikua - es la Revista de la Oficina de Enlace del la Confederación Unida del Pueblo Taíno (CUPT) en Boriken (Puerto Rico), Volumen 2, Número 1, Enero - Marzo de 2010, Reservados todos los derechos. En esta edición: Terremoto causa devastación en Haiti ; Urgen pesquisa legislative sobre paradero de… Continue

Posted on May 14, 2010 at 3:59pm

Documentario Taino enfoca el lente hacia Boriken

Boriken/Puerto Rico (CUPT Noticias Tainas) -
La liga ganadora de Premios Emmy de Alex Zacarias (Productor/Director) y camareógrafo Ray Ibsen viajaron a Boriken (Puerto Rico) en Agosto para continuar su labor en la produccion de su documentario Taino.

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Posted on September 14, 2009 at 10:57pm

Representante Oficial Taino Ofrece Periódico de Noticias en Boriken

Adjuntas, Boriken (CUPT Noticias Tainas) – Esta semana, la Oficina de Enlace de la Confederación Unida de el Pueblo Taíno (CUPT) en Boriken circula la primera edición de su periódico de noticias titulado “La Voz Del Pueblo Taino: Edición Borikua".

Este titular bajo el idioma Español se dedica a presentar hechos y asuntos indigenas que… Continue

Posted on August 18, 2009 at 7:29pm


THE VOICE OF THE TAINO PEOPLE NEWS JOURNAL, Volume 13, Issue 2, April – June 2009 has been uploaded to the DOCUMENTS Section of This document is a pdf, downloadable version of the print edition news journal: The Voice of the Taino People (ISSN 1553-9350). Featured articles include Indigenous Leaders Meet in Panama and Indigenous Global Climate Change Forum and more...

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Posted on July 10, 2009 at 11:35am

PR Representative Vassallo urges respect for Taino

Ponce, Boriken (UCTP Taino News) – Representing District 25, Ponce – Jayuya, the Hon. Victor L. Vassallo Anadón this week urged the citizens and government of Puerto Rico and federal agencies to respect the island’s “sacred national patrimony” and the rights of the Taino People. The official statement was presented to the Boriken Liaison Office of the United Confederation of Taino People in the form of a… Continue

Posted on July 9, 2009 at 4:49pm

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At 4:07pm on May 14, 2010, Cornelius (Scott) McCarthy said…
Hola Roger,
I think I met you about 10 years back when Roberto Borrero introduced me to you and you showed me around the place where you worked helping youth, etc. I think so, but am not sure.
Glad to be in contact.
At 10:40pm on August 30, 2009, Dr. Rose M. Xochitl AnaO Quinone said…
Rcibi el paquete. Gracias.
At 9:48am on August 15, 2009, william ruiz said…
peace & blessings i like roberto hes a nice person. he has a good family. i enjoy working with his group whenever i have time to.
At 9:43pm on August 13, 2009, Teresa said…
Hi Roger how are you doing?
At 6:54pm on August 13, 2009, Roger Guayakan said…
Perhaps we meet at Lago Garzas kayak races? I would like to buy one...
I am a member of the Adjuntas Gifgante Fishing Club and I capture mostly photographs while fishing than I do actual fish.
Whish is your favorite beach?
I studied oceanagraphy and love exploring the coast.
We need to talk....
At 1:41pm on August 13, 2009, adem medina cardona said…
Greetings, Roger! I thought we were already connected. Thank you for the invitation. ~c
At 6:26pm on August 10, 2009, Connie Laboy Torres said…
I am presently experiencing some internet issues so I hope this goes thru. El Americano is my brother. He was labled so by the locals and it stuck. He figured why change it now that many know him by that name. I tried viewing the pics you stated is posted but I didn't view anything bearing my brother's face or his small business. By the way my brother was denied help from the Labor Dept. because he was not born in Boriken. He is not the only person I know that this has happened to. You do what you have to do legally to survive! He really enjoys his little corner of paradise. I'll let him know that we chatted.
At 5:23pm on August 10, 2009, Connie Laboy Torres said…
The Americano is what the locals have named him and it stuck. He is my brother. When you are told you are not a local than you accept it and move on.
The nites here are fantastic. The one thing I don't miss is the Boriken heatwave.
At 1:09pm on August 7, 2009, Roger Guayakan said…
I sent you the article direct to your address.
Have you received it?
This is the second time I have tried to get it to you.
At 12:46pm on August 7, 2009, Jalil Sued Badillo said…

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