Masyarakat Mentawai bertahun-tahun melawan eksploitasi hutan dan tanah adatnya oleh negara. Terakhir, izin HTI di Pulau Siberut dikeluarkan pemerintah pada tahun 2017. Masyarakat menilai pemerintah memberikan izin secara sepihak.
Bambang Sagurung is an indigenous journalist based in North Siberut, Mentawai Islands. From 2008 to 2010, Bambang worked as a journalist for Sasaraina, a local media run by the Mentawai Islands administration. He joined Tabloid Puailiggobuat, an alternative media in Mentawai in 2006, which is now known as Mentawaikita.com, an online media platform that focuses on indigenous issues. Before he started his career in journalism, he worked as a field staff for an Indonesian Conservation International program in Siberut Island. Bambang also reported for LKBN Antara (State-owned news agency) for the West Sumatera Region between 2017 and 2018.