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Dr. Korn publishes results of the 4 -year study on community trauma in Western Mexico.

Publishes a series of Fourth World Atlas maps depicting the location of more than 1300 indigenous nations world wide.

Publishes “Cultural Connections, A Teacher’s Guide for cross-cultural education (k-12)” and distributed to schools in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Between 2001-2005 Conducts dozens of 3-day Culture Foods and Medicines training for the prevention of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases for tribal communities in the Pacific Northwest, Canada and Eastern Canada and Mexico.


CWIS receives a 350,000 grant to study Biodiversity and Indigenous communities and to open an office in Toronto with Rodney Bobbiwash.

CWIS gains approval by the fifty-tribal governments at the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians of a major resolution: “Treaty Rights, BioCultural Security and Protecting Traditional Cultural and Resource Rights”.

Drafts a “Joint Concept Paper” for a “Treaty on Cultural Property and Traditional Resources”.

CWIS facilitates “Moratorium on BioProspecting” among key indigenous participants in the Indigenous Forum on BioDiversity in Sevilla, Spain.

CWIS research team presents at the invitation by the Rockefeller Foundation  on Ethnobio-prospecting and Benefits-sharing at International Congress on Ethnobiology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.


CWIS facilitates the “Indian Leadership Forum” to prepare and release communiqués on the impact of globalization on Fourth World nations in connection with the World Trade Organization meeting.

CWIS facilitates in the definition of terms of reference for the Inter-American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through the Organization of American States in cooperation with tribal leaders.


CWIS opens new 4-acre education retreat location in Mexico for seminar and certificate programs in Fourth World Studies and Traditional Healing Arts and Sciences leading to BA, MA and PhD. Degrees and expands seminar locations in the United States and Canada.

CWIS collaborates with the University College Dublin to convene the World Congress on Violence and Human Coexistence at the University College, Dublin, Ireland. Attended by 350 participants, CWIS took a delegation of 8 presenters who delivered a total of 10 talks and papers.

CTM director Leslie Korn is awarded a 350,000 grant to conduct a community trauma and traditional medicine project in rural Mexico.


CWIS Sponsors “Land, Politics and Bigotry” conference in Seattle Washington attended by sixty representatives of Indian governments, environmental, and anti-bigotry organizations.


Following 10 years of participation in the United Nations Working group on the rights of Indigenous peoples, CWIS, drafts The International Covenant on the Rights of Indigenous Nations, which is ratified by nations worldwide.

A coalition of Indian governments (Lummi, Quinault, Jamestown S’Klallam, Sac & Fox, Mille Lac Chippewa and Absentee Shawnee) award CWIS a $50,000.00 grant to study the negotiations and framework-setting of  the Self-Governance initiative. resulting in a report “Self-governance Negotiation Process.”

CWIS publishes “Indian Self-Government Process Evaluation which analyzes the Compact negotiations and approaches to the exercise of governmental powers for negotiating with the United States.


The Center for Traditional Medicine, a public health natural medicine clinic and teaching center which offers certificates and advanced degrees in Traditional Medicine, Culinary medicine (CTM) founded by Dr. Leslie Korn in rural Mexico in 1976 joins CWIS.


Publishes “Anti-Indian Movement on the Tribal Frontier” an authoritative analysis on a social and political movement that would have ramifications in the United States of America, Canada, Mexico and many countries in South and Central America.


The Fourth World Documentation Project (FWDP) (Indigenous Peoples’ Information for the Online Community) is one of the first World Wide WEB pages to go online on the Internet and becomes a node of the world wide web library.

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