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CWIS completed a year-long the Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Assessment with the Muckleshoot Youth Food Policy Council. The study included an Historical Muckleshoot Foods Study component, Muckleshoot Household survey of 62 households, three Talking Circles of Muckleshoot community members, revisions of the Muckleshoot food access map and organization and training of the Muckleshoot Youth Food Policy Council. A full in depth Study report and analysis was submitted to the Youth Council and to the Muckleshoot Tribal Council. The Youth Policy Council received the results of the study and made thirteen policy recommendations to the Muckleshoot Tribal Council to enact laws and programs to reestablish Muckleshoot tribal control over food gathering, processing and distribution to restore the health of the more than 3000 tribal members.

The CWIS Good Governance Research Group worked with the Yezidi Spiritual Leader Baba Shiek Ismail to craft the Proclamation to Establish the Provisional Government of Ezidikhan as part of the Cultural Rights Project. On 25 July 2017the Supreme Spiritual Council proclaimed the self-governing nation of Ezidikhan (the Yezidi historic name of the Shingal located in northern Iraq and southeastern Syria) to govern and direct the social, economic, political and cultural reconstruction of the Shabkh, Zoroastrian and Yezidi peoples. Within a month talks were convened with the Iraqi government and initial contacts were made with the governments of Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and France (countries where more than 120,000 Yezidi refugees are located) to discuss support for reconstruction and organizing the return of Yezidi refugees to Ezidikhan.

The team of Research and Education Director Leslie E. Korn, Fátima Mora, Jon Ryser and Angel Estrada combined forces to redesign the CWIS website producing a beautifully appointed and modern website that dynamically enriches user access to and use CWIS information, educational opportunities and research.


Certificate Program enrolls 28 learners from the Muckleshoot Tribe and the Tulalip Indian Tribe studying Nutritional Herbal Foundations under the instruction of Valerie Segrest, MA.

CWIS engaged in consultations with the UN General Assembly President and his expert panel responsible for developing a draft resolution to the UN General.

CWIS receives grant from the First Nations Development Foundation to carry out a year-long Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Assessment and train  the Muckleshoot Youth Food Policy Council.

CWIS begins working with the Shabkh, Zoroastrian and Yezidi peoples on a Cultural Rights Projects in the Shingal (located in northern Iraq and southeastern Syria)  region to aid in the social, economic, political and cultural reconstruction.


The CWIS Radiation Exposure and Risk Assessment Action Project produces the first of a series of in depth articles published in Intercontinental Cry Magazine

The CWIS Good Government Research Group publishes “Realizing UNDRIP Implementation, A Study of Considered Mechanisms between UN Members and Fourth World Nations.”

CWIS receives two Visiting Scholars, Dr. Sawut Pawan and Dr. Osmanjan Yakup from Xinjang University in East Turkistan (west Chain) to study indigenous knowledge in the Pacific Northwest.


International Cry Magazine, published out of Manitoba, Canada joins the Center for World Indigenous Studies as a new publication.

CWIS develops Joint Statement of Constitutional and Customary Indigenous Governments submitted to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and to all UN state missions on behalf of dozens of indigenous governments.


CWIS publishes the “US Federal Taxation Disparities in Indian Country”

CWIS publishes “Federated Nations and the Principle of Subsidiarity, What first Alliance Nations Can Learn from Catalonia’s Path Toward Self-determination.”

CWIS organizes UN Member governments’/Indian Government’s reception on behalf of the Quinault Indian nation, Wampanaoug, Tlingit and Haida Central Council in New York City.

CWIS begin bilateral talks and negotiations between US Department of State/Indian Intergovernmental negotiations between the Quinault Indian Nation government and the US Department of State.

CWIS prepares for the United Nations World Conference on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by developing and signing the “Statement of 72 Indigenous Nations and Ten Indigenous Organizations” submitted to the Twelfth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

CWIS begins development of the Tribal Economies Initiative based on a Memorandum of Understanding between CWIS, the University of Washington and the Quinault Indian Nation.


CWIS awarded an evaluation grant by Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, to apply Fourth World Theory to a National Science Foundation, Generations of Knowledge project.

CWIS forms the Good Government Research Group with Heidi G. Bruce and Dina Gilio-Whitaker and volunteers.

CWIS participates in the Northwest Sovereignty Summit.

CWIS drafts with Gary Morishima the first tribal government law on Climate Change in the United States.


The Center for Traditional Medicine awarded a year-long grant from the American Massage Therapy Association “Massage Therapy for Indigenous Women of Cabo Corrientes Mexico.”

CWIS becomes a contributor to the Nairobi Work Program (NWP), a subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

CWIS collaborates with the Southeast Indigenous Peoples Center on the Future Work of the UN Permanent Forum on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

CWIS collaborates with the Native American Research Training Center (NART) at the University of Arizona to publish a Special Issue of the CWIS Fourth World Journal on Health Research.

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