Center for World Indigenous Studies
A Think Tank of Activist Scholars
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The Brains Behind Change

Enhance your knowledge at the Center for World Indigenous Studies.

Engage in studies that are important to your personal and professional life.

Join a community of activist scholars.

Enhance your Knowledge

Farrah Garan, MA

CWIS Certificate in Fourth World Studies with a focus on Consciousness Studies.
“My studies at CWIS enabled me to explore my deep, burning questions. I was given just the right balance of direction and guidance, while still having ample space to follow my heart I am very grateful for CWIS and for Dr. Ryser who guided me with gentleness, while channeling my passion and exploration into something that was both academic and heart-felt.”

Kathy Rosenmeyer, B.A

“By participating in the CWIS certificate program, I received PhD level insight into indigenous governance issues working directly with Dr. Ryser. I now have a depth of knowledge and context for decision making that I use working for my Tribe. I can contribute to the future of my tribe in practical ways that measurably contribute to Nation-building and strengthening of our Sovereignty.”

Sandi Loytomaki, B.S.

CWIS Certificate in Fourth World Studies with a focus on Traditional Medicine
"The CWIS certificate program prepared me for excellence in clinical service. Since graduating  I have been able to apply Traditional Medicine principles in modern life both personally and professionally.  A unique side benefit was the  I was ability to survive fully recovery from a  'terminal' illness."

Elise Krohn, M.Ed.

"The CWIS Certificate Program provided me with a knowledge-base to build a unique career in ethnobiology and ethnonutrition. I am grateful to my mentors at CWIS who helped me to build skills to work cross-culturally,  to listen to community needs and to develop relevant resources. I not only received an education, but I explored how I learn best and how to empower others to engage in their own learning as well.."

Amy Dejarlais, B.A., MA

CWIS Certificate in Fourth World Studies with a focus on Consciousness Studies.
“I am profoundly grateful for the CWIS Certificate program. My Indigenous thoughts, ideals, and consciousness were valued and affirmed...vitally important to my well being and confidence participating in academia. Chi miigwetch to my mentor, and to everyone involved in the program.”

Activate your potential with our courses

Duration: 60 min.

Oolichan Oil: The Elixir of The Sea

Discover the role of this mighty little fish that heals and nourishes indigenous peoples

Join Dr. Rudolph Ryser, as he takes you on a journey of discovery of the mighty little fish, the Oolichan, also known as smelt. The Oolichan has been a mainstay of traditional food medicine, nutrition and cultural practices of the indigenous peoples of Pacific Northwest communities reaching as far north as Alaska.

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Duration: 26 min.

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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Duration: 53 min.

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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Duration: 59 min.

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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Duration: 57 min.

Essentials of Mental Health Nutrition

Effective Strategies to balance mood and enhance cognitive function.

The course reviews the revolution in mental health treatment that recognizes the specific role of diet and nutrition in mental health.

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Duration: 55 min.

Nutrition for Mood and Cognitive Repair

Effective Strategies to balance mood and enhance cognitive function

This course will provide state- of- the- art knowledge about the application of nutrition and herbs to addressing mood and cognitive health in your patients.

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Strength through Knowledge

A Bundle for the Avid Activist

We have bundled together three courses with a special price, including the newest: “Native Women’s Activism”, “Environmental Justice in Indian Country” both from Dina Gilio-Whitaker; and “Essentials of Mental Health Nutrition” from Dr. Leslie Korn.

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