The issuance of the Regional Regulation on the Recognition of the Mentawai Indigenous Peoples provides legal protection for Indigenous rights at the district level. However, new laws and inaction by the central government have paved the way for timber companies to exploit their land, natural resources and culture.
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.