A Letter To The Puerto Rican People

To Our Island Brothers And Good Friends of Boriken

The Letter Of November 24, 1970, A Vision For The Year 2000




Hello Good People of Puerto Rico,

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 homeland. 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.

Respectfully yours,
Cacique Principal Pedro Guanikeyu Torres
Taino Tribal Council of Jatibonicu of Boriken
Council of Nitaynos (Chiefs) and Arocoels (Elders)


(Please Send Your Letters oF Support To The following Puerto Rico Postal Address)

El Consejo Taino De Jatibonicu
PO Box 9022651
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00902

Please help support our Jatibonicu Taino tribe and its tribal Government in Puerto Rico, in its efforts to obtain the offical recognition of the Government of Puerto Rico. You can help our tribe by sending support letter and/or copies of your support letters to our Jatibonicu Taino Tribal Council Government and letters to Governor Aníbal Salvador Acevedo Vilá of the Commonwealth Government Puerto Rico.

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.

Puerto Rico Government Contact Info For The House of Represntatives And The Senate

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