Center for World Indigenous Studies
A Think Tank of Activist Scholars
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WHAT WE DO
Activist Scholars Making Waves

For over 40 years, CWIS has been the leading indigenous peoples’ think tank ensuring that communities can safeguard their rights and resources.

Without the inspirational work of CWIS it would not have been possible to advance the recognition of indigenous peoples in the “Regions of Europe”.

Göran Hansson, former General Assembly Chairman of the Unrecognized Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO)

SEE OUR RESULTS

OUR NUMBERS

Over
27

Laws & Regulations Drafted

Over
3500

Students Mentored and Educated

Over
4000

Original Tribal Documents Digitized

Over
7000

Individuals Receiving Medicine

COMMITMENTS

Generating peace through conflict resolution between nations and states

COMMITMENTS

Defining legal and policy strategies that support indigenous rights and survival

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Leading the revitalization of Indigenous Foods and Medicines

COMMITMENTS

Delivering on-the-ground, culturally competent care to Native elders, women and children

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Shaping international climate change action that directly affect lives

COMMITMENTS

Promoting Indigenous strategies for equitable taxation and self government

Your work brings together culturally appropriate methods for tribal nurses, physicians, traditional healers and patients to employ as health strategies to reverse diabetes, pain and depression in Indian Country. This is what we have been waiting for!

- Henry Cagey, Former Chairman, Lummi Indian Nation
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Our dedicated activist scholars contribute to change through collaborative and cooperative relationships.

  • Member, Intertribal Climate Change Working Group
  • One of 7 Members of International Indigenous Working Group on Climate Change
  • Member, International Indigenous Peoples' Forum on Climate Change Policy. UNFCCC, Conference of Parties 15, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Member, International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change
  • Member, Native Research Network Collaboration, Advocacy and Legislation Committee
  • Member, National Indian Gaming Commission Task Force on Climate Change
  • Member, Working Group on Oolichan Environmental Crisis, Canada
  • Member, Washington State Governors Advisory Committee on Health Disparities in Obesity and Diabetes
  • Member, Integrative Medicine for the Underserved
  • Collaboration, CWIS/International Committee for the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas (INCOMINDIOS) Switzerland
  • Collaboration, The Grand Council of the Cree (Eeyou Itschee)
  • Collaboration, International Indian Treaty Council
  • Collaboration, Indian Law Resource Center

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