Tag: Politics

Into Eternity Documentary Movie

This is probably the scariest movie I have ever seen. This documentary chronicles the terror and confusion scientists working with nuclear waste are faced with. The dilema: how to store nuclear waste. Since it is radioactive for 10,000 years they propose to bury it deep into the Earth. Well it goes on from there, with scenarios trying to imagine what might happen, if years from now someone was to open the storage facility. How to communicate to unknown people who might not even speak English, or any known present language.

Scary movie, reality sucks…

Nuclear energy is dirty energy.


Be counted as a Taino on the US Census 2010

The United Confederation of Taino People has partnered with the US Census Bureau to make the Taino be counted under the “American Indian or Alaskan Native” label.  Basically when filling out the census a Taino person would check their race as “American Indian or Alaskan Native” and then proceed to fill in their tribal affiliation as Taino.  This is a chance to literally (at least on paper) resurrect our Taino heritage. 

For hundreds of years we have been lied to and told that the Taino people are “extinct” which made no sense to those of us who knew that our abuelitas and abuelos, our ancestors were Taino people, thus making one a Taino as well. So here is our chance to be counted and given back our identity on an official governmental level. 
The census is done every ten years. I have been doing some genealogy research and have found some very interesting things. My grandmother, great-grandmothers, grandfather and great-grandfathers are alternately listed as “white”, “colored”, and or “mulatto” on the Puerto Rico censuses going back to the 1850’s.  The discrepancy is a result of the “native” or Taino designation being dropped, and added back in over time as well as the census taker checking off a person’s race be sight.  Our family’s oral history is that we had Taino and European (not sure what kind) on my Grandmother’s side and Mulatto (African & French) on my Grandfather’s. 
A recent genetic study by the Universidad de Puerto Rico on the island of Boriken (Puerto Rico) shows that at least 61% to 70% of people in the study had Amer-Indian DNA. This website has a good article on this topic: Indigenous Puerto Rico: DNA evidence upsets established history.
Here is another link UPR study finds high Taino DNA rate: Tests contradict theory of extinction of P.R. natives. Studies are in the works in the other Islands with Taino heritage.

So if you are Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Haitian or from any of the Caribbean islands there is a big chance that you may be Taino. Go through your family’s oral history, look in the mirror and decide what race you would like to be listed as. Years from now your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the many generations to come will thank you. The Ancestors will have an Areyto in our honor.