ASSOCIATED FREE STATE OF PUERTO RICO
AUTONOMOUS MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT OF HUMACAO
Resolution Num. 42, Series 2010-1011
Presented by the honorable: Victor Velazquez Casillas, Roberto Diaz Diaz, Luis E. “Gardy” Fontanez, Julio C. Burgos Gutiérrez, José A. Gonzales Hernández, Olga del Moral Sánchez, Carmen Carillo Arzuaga, Francisco Díaz Jaime, Grace Napolitano Matta, Ciary Pérez Pena, Miguel Rodríguez Vega, Daniel Santiago Rojas, Héctor Sepúlveda Ramos y Willie A. Rosario Arroyo.
TO EXPRESS RECOGNITION AND DISTINCTION TO THE NON-PROFIT ENTITY “LIGA GUAKIA TAINA KE, INC., FOR THEIR LAUDABLE MISSION OF PROMOTING EDUCATION AND KNOWLEDGE OF INDIGENOUS TAINO ETHNO-HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE IN DIFFERENT INSTITUTIONS WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE GEOGRAPHICAL LIMITS OF HUMACAO AND OTHER MUNICIPALITIES IN THE EASTERN REGION OF PUERTO RICO.
WHEREAS: Law Num. 81 of August 30th 1991, in its Article 2.001 (2) establishes that: municipalities exercise Legislative and Executive Power in all matters of municipal nature that redound in the well-being of the community and in its economic, social and cultural development; in the protection of public health and security of persons, that promote civic and solidarity in the collective interest.
WHEREAS: Through the initiative of Dr. Carlalynne Melendez Martinez (PHD), the non-profit organization “Liga Guakia Taina ke” was founded and organized under the laws of Associated Free State of Puerto Rico and registered in the Department of State, on December 22, 2005, with registry number 48705.
WHEREAS: Melendez Martinez, present Director of the Corporation, before assuming the directorship of the organization was professor of various disciplines, including; Anthropology, Humanities, Geography, Sociology, and History of Puerto Rico at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, Bayamon and Humacao Campuses, as well as in InterAmerican University, University of Turabo, American University at Bayamon, and at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
WHEREAS: The Liga Guakia Taina ke, Inc., was established with the purpose of creating projects that focus on the reconstruction y revitalization of the indigenous Taino culture, language and customs of our island (Boriken); as well as fomenting social, family, and community integration. The Liga established Naguake Community (We are of this Earth) as the base for implementing these projects.
WHEREAS: The most noted projects established or scheduled to be developed in schools, communities and other communal institutions, located in the Municipality of Humacao and other municipalities in the eastern Region, are the following: Schools in Naguake (We are of this Earth); Taino Cultural-Linguistic Immersion Program; Community Farm Program; EcoAgroCultural Corridor; Guardians of Forests, Rivers, and Land; Community Tourism; Taino Summer Camp; and Healing and Loving the Creation of God.
WHEREAS: Dr. Melendez Martinez, present Director of the Corporation, before assuming the directorship of the organization was professor of various disciplines, including; Anthropology, Humanities, Geography, Sociology, and History of Puerto Rico at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, Bayamon and Humacao Campuses, as well as in InterAmerican University, University of Turabo, American University at Bayamon, and at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
WHEREAS: Among the communities impacted by the projects and activity s of the Liga in the Humacao Municipality are the following: Ryer Home for the Elderly, Colinas del Ryder, Hogar Mediavilla Negron, Parcelas Aniceto Cruz, Parcelas Martinez in Barrio Candelero Abajo, Barrio Catano, Barrio Candelero Arriba, Palmas Academy, and the University of Puerto Rico in Humacao.
WHEREAS: The Taino Indian acknowledged Mother Nature as the source of life, who provided the resources for all the needs of her children, and thus loved, protected, and conserved her from generation to generation.
WHEREAS: The abuse that our Mother Nature receives could be mitigated through the education of children, youngsters, and adults in our society, reason for which we consider our duty to support and stimulate the work being carried out by Liga Guakia Taina ke, Inc. or other institutions that are organized with similar purposes.
RESOLVED: By the Municipal Legislature of Humacao, Puerto Rico:
SECTION 1: We recognize and distinguish the Liga Guakia Taina ke, Inc., as a non-profit corporative entity dedicated to promoting education and dissemination of knowledge about our indigenous Taino ethno-historical and cultural heritage through educational, civic, social, and communal institutions, located within and outside the geographical limited of Humacao Municipality, as well as other municipalities in the eastern region of Puerto Rico.
SECTION 2: We extend to the corporation our most firm and complete support in their initiative to investigate, promote, and disseminate, through education, the most relevant aspects of our indigenous Taino culture as a means to better understand our formation as Puerto Ricans and promote love for our land, which is what the Liga represents.
SECTION 3:: We exhort the community of Humacao and all the public, and private entities of the Eastern Region of Puerto Rico, to offer their collaboration and patronship to the Liga Guakia Taina ke, Inc., with the intention of achieving the objectives and goals established by this organization for the public benefit.
SECTION 4: This Resolution will after being signed by the Mayor.
SECTION 5: Send copy of the Resolution to the Liga Guakia Taina ke, Inc., Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, Department of Education, State Department, Historical Preservation Society, Land Authority, Senate Commission on Tourism and Culture, Office of the Governor, Municipal Office of Culture and Tourism, Planning Office, the Antonia Saez Cultural Center.
APPROVED BY THE MUNICIPAL LEGISLATURE OF HUMACAO, ON MAY 5th, 2011
Willie A. Rosario Arroyo, President Leslie A. Rivera González, Secretary
PRESENTED THIS RESOLUTION FOR MY CONSIDERATION, ON MAY 5th, 2011 AND SIGNED BY MI ON MAY 9th, 2011.
Marcelo Trujillo Panisse