The National Institute for Latino Studies (NILS) has been facilitating a debate among Caribbean peoples and their advocates around the question of the existence and authenticity of contemporary communities that claim to form parts of the Taíno nation, separate and distinct from the hybridity that is put forward as the modern indigenous Caeribbean person of which those who might claim some blood or cultural relation merely form an inextricable part. That construction is useful in internal conversations about ethnicity because it supposes the absence of ethnic difference within Caribbean communities. It is even ore useful in developing a race/ethnic discourse with North Americans, who tend to understand issues of race and ethnicity in a peculiar way that has more to do race based organization of labor under the old African slave system and its racialization of subject peoples in the drive to incorporate portions of the old Spanish Empire into the United States.
* "Additional notes on the survival of Indigenous Peoples in Borikén" by Roberto "Múkaro" Borrero, Jan. 4, 2012 (Roberto "Múkaro" Borrero is the current President of the United Confederation of Taíno People, the Chairman of the NGO Committee on the United Nations International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples and an alternative Board Member of the International Indian Treaty Council. He is a contributing author to Taíno Revival: Critical Perspectives on Puerto Rican Identity and Cultural Politics, edited by Gabriel Haslip- Viera (2001).)
* "Contemporary Taínos as a Social Construction: In Response to Mr. Borrero's Latest Commentary" by Gabriel Haslip-Viera, Jan. 2, 2012. (Gabriel Haslip-Viera is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at City College and past Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. A specialist in the social history of colonial Mexico and the evolution of Latino communities in New York City, Dr. Haslip-Viera has lectured extensively on these subjects and on the relationship between invented racial identities and pseudo-scholarship)