We the surviving descendants of the original
indigenous people of the island of Boriken, who compose the membership of
the Taino tribe of Jatibonicu send you our warm greetings,
tidings and best wishes to your families.
We are aware that many of the island Puerto Rican
people do carry our common Taino blood within their own veins.
It is hoped that with a positive approach and with
mutual cooperation and respect between our ethnic cultures that we will form
a closer bond between our island people here in Boriken. We say that with a
positive approach and the help of our fellow Puerto Rican Islanders, we
can begin to insure that we the Tainos will politically be able to
reestablish a better relationship between our people and the present day ELA
democratically elected Island Government of Puerto Rico.
We are now asking for the help and support of
all the Puerto Rican people whom are of good heart and generousity. Please help us
in our struggle to preserve our past tribal traditions and customs of our Taino
aboriginal way of life within our island homeland.
It seems that our traditional ancestral heritage and way of
life was simply overlooked by the Spanish historians and their past
colonial Government of 1500's. We as a people must
learn to coexist with our Puerto Rican brothers whom are of many ethnic origins
such as the European and African cultures that abound within our national Boriken
In our past, the
island people popularly believed the political propaganda that we as a
people became totally extinct. This may have been due to the fact of the
political disintegration of our past Taino government and cultural society.
We are happy to inform the Puerto Rican people that our Jatibonicu tribe of
the central highlands of Boriken and its Government did survive. Today we
have a 500 year old mestizo Taino heritage that is better now known or
popularly known by the name of the Jibaro mountain people.
We are again asking that the Puerto Rican people,
speak with their local politicians, Camara Representative, Senators and also
with the Governor of Puerto Rico to move to officially recognize the Jatibonicu
Taino tribe of Boriken in the year 2000 as the authentic people of Boriken.
Cacique Principal Pedro Guanikeyu Torres
Taino Tribal Council of Jatibonicu of Boriken
Council of Nitaynos (Chiefs) and Arocoels (Elders)
You can also help by send your support letters on behalf of our Jatibonicu Taino tribe to the representatives of "La Camara De Representantes" (PR House of Representatives) and to the Representatives of "El Senado de Puerto Rico) (The Senate of Puerto Rico).
The residents of the municipalities of Orocovis, Morovis, Barranquitas and Aibonito, Puerto Rico, are asked to contact your local elected Municipal City Representative of La Camara (The House of Representative), via letters of support and requesting them to support our Jatibonicu Taino tribe's Bill to: Officially Recognize The Jatibonicu Taino Tribe of Puerto Rico. Our Jatibonicu Taino Tribal Council Government hopes by the year 2000 to obtain the offical recognition of the Commonwealth Government of Puerto Rico.