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The Center for World Indigenous Studies is an independent, Nonprofit 501 (c) 3 founded in 1979.

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Exploring Intelligence from an Indigenous Perspective

This course will take you on a journey that begins with ancient beliefs and travels through historical perceptions to our current understanding of intelligence from the lens of indigenous peoples. Together, we visit several indigenous cultures around the globe, exploring histories and lifestyles, and immersing ourselves into how indigenous peoples define and perceive intelligence.

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Environmental Justice in Indian Country

Understanding What Environmental Justice is and How it Functions in Indian Country

This course will outline the basic framework of what environmental justice (and injustice) is for Native nations in the U.S. With the story of Standing Rock and the #NoDapl movement as a foundational example.

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Native Women’s Activism

Lessons for the Next Generation of Native Leaders and Activists

This course recounts the history of Native women’s activism, examining ways that Native women changed the course of Indian country toward greater self-determination and female empowerment in Native communities.

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