The losses of community rights in the policy process are recurring in Indonesia, one that, unfortunately, is all too familiar. Indigenous Peoples (IPs), often already marginalized, find themselves once again on the periphery of decision-making processes. This time, the spotlight falls on Indonesia’s ambitious new capital city project, Ibu Kota Nusantara/Nusantara Capital City (IKN), which has repeatedly received criticism for its disproportionate policies towards IPs. This article will delve into the factors contributing to the exclusion and marginalization of Indigenous Peoples within the context of the IKN project. These encompass regulatory constraints, the postcolonial construction of Indigenous Peoples, and the issues of representation prevalent within indigenous communities.