Center for World Indigenous Studies
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We are a global community of indigenous studies activists and scholars

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

Dedicated to wider understanding and appreciation of the ideas and knowledge of indigenous peoples and the social, economic and political realities of indigenous nations. Read our story.

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For over 35 years you have supported our pro bono work providing low cost natural medicine health care and medical massage for indigenous peoples with diabetes on the Pacific Northwest and Cabo Corrientes, Mexico.

Online Courses on Traditional Medicine and Indigenous Studies

Engage in studies that are important to both your personal and professional life. Take one of our online courses, and support scholarships for youth. Click here to see our Courses.

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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Introduction to Herbal Medicine

The fundamentals of Western Herbalism

This course introduces some of the fundamentals of Western Herbalism. We explore a variety of cultures that have contributed to the canon of western herbalism and then explore a framework for beginning the practice of herbalism for self care.

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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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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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Fourth World Journal

Get the world’s leading peer-reviewed publication by and about Indigenous peoples.
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Learn about indigenous approaches to health and healing, special topics include herbal medicine, trauma, mental health nutrition, diabetes, and more.

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