Citizenship

Puerto Rico means "rich port" in Spanish. Puerto Ricans often call the island Borinquén – a derivation of Borikén, its indigenous Taíno and true name, which means "Land of the Valiant Lord". The terms boricua and borincano derive from Borikén and Borinquen respectively, and are commonly used to identify someone of Puerto Rican heritage. The island is also popularly known in Spanish as la isla del encanto, meaning "the island of enchantment".

Porto Rico (Spanish: Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, lit. "Free Associated State of Puerto Rico"), is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the northeast Caribbean Sea, approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 km) southeast of Miami, Florida. Under United States law, an unincorporated territory is an area controlled by the United States government which is not part of (i.e., "incorporated" in) the United States. In unincorporated territories, the U.S. Constitution applies only partially. In the absence of an organic law, a territory is classified as unorganized.

Although Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States classified as a commonwealth, many Puerto Ricans consider it to be a country in and of itself. Though politically associated with the United States, Puerto Rico is considered by many other nations to have its own distinct national identity. Internationally, it has been reported that "the Fourteenth Ministerial Conference of the Movement of Non-aligned Nations...reaffirms that Puerto Rican people constitute a Latin American and Caribbean nation."

The free association movement in Puerto Rico refers to initiatives throughout the history of Puerto Rico aimed at changing the current political status of Puerto Rico to that of a sovereign freely associated state. Locally, the term soberanista (lit. "sovereignty supporter") refers to someone that seeks to redefine the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States to that of a compact with full sovereignty.

The UN Convention on Diplomatic Relations confirms that “all nations from ancient times have recognized… privileges and immunities” of sovereign entities of “differing constitutional and social systems” including historical institutions (Preamble). It requires that a “State shall not discriminate as between States” including a historical institution possessing statehood (Article 47.1). The UN Convention on Consular Relations further recognizes the customary protocols of sovereign relations “since ancient times” (Preamble). 

The indigenous peoples of the Caribbean included the Taíno, the Island Caribs of the Lesser Antilles, and the Guanahatabey of western Cuba. We the Taino descendants of east-central Boriken never gave up hope that we would someday rebuild our inkayekes (communities) and revive our cultural heritage. That hope is expressed in Puerto Rican poetry and literature, which date back to the era of conquest and colonization. The indigenous literature of Puerto Rico is one of the richest in Latin America. This is partly due to fact that the Taino heritage is an integral part of the everyday life of Puerto Ricans. It is the principal force in their search to find their ethno-historic and cultural identity. In all aspects of their lives Puerto Rican Taino heritage is clearly visible in the language they speak; the foods they eat, the music they like to hear, the dances and rhythms they move to, and foods they enjoy eating. In summary, we are claiming an indigenous heritage based on culture, ethnohistorical, genes/biology, and self identity.

The current President of the The UN Convention on Diplomatic Relations confirms that “all nations from ancient times have recognized… privileges and immunities” of sovereign entities of “differing constitutional and social systems” including historical institutions (Preamble). It requires that a “State shall not discriminate as between States” including a historical institution possessing statehood (Article 47.1). The UN Convention on Consular Relations further recognizes the customary protocols of sovereign relations “since ancient times” (Preamble). 

The current President of the NACÍON SOBERANA HERENCIA TAÍNA BORIKÉN is the Grand Lieutenant of SMOKH. Many members of the Boriken nation are members of the Order which has an affiliation and treaty status with the Nation Boriken. The UN Convention on the Law of Treaties mandates that this clear and direct recognition of historical customary law, declared as fundamental principles in those two UN conventions, is made binding upon all countries. It specifically recognizes the validity of “subjects of international law”, and establishes that the absence of ratification of a Convention by any countries “shall not affect… The application to them of any of the rules… to which they would be subject under international law independently of the Convention.” (Articles 3, 38). 

Preliminary Application

 

Investiture into Priory of Santiago

Citizens of Borinken are eligible to be investited into the Priory (Knights/Caballeros) of Santiago under the auspices of the Sacred Medical Order of Nevis Island. Apply here...

Santiago Knights

 

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Application for Citizenship

The Council Ofifice of SMOKH.

Position Statement

Boriken Citizenship.