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.
Patrisius Sanene is an indigenous journalist from the Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra. Patrisius started his career as a journalist in 2010 for the “Pualingguobat Tabloid” in the Mentawai Islands, which turned into an online media platform Mentawaikita.com. In 2018, Patrisius was also a photo contributor for LKBN Antara (State-owned news agency) in the West Sumatra region. In 2021, Patrisius received a story grant from Internews' Earth Journalism Network to report on the impacts of legal recognition and industrialization on the Mentawai indigenous communities and their environment.