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

2017

Action

CWIS commences a two-year study of the effects of elevated CO2 and other greenhouse gases on traditional plant-based and animal-based foods and medicines used by Fourth World communities.

2008

Action

CWIS leads the Quinault Tribal Delegation to the 15th Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Poznan, Poland.

Results

Facilitated Quinault Nation participation in the ICCFA Conference of Parties Session 14 in Poznan, Poland and two side events at the Conference.

2003

Action

Conducts the Fourth World Atlas Project involving research for a series of maps, depicting Indigenous nations, cultural regions, eco-systems, border disputes, and environmental degradation; and “Exploration & Exploitation”.

Results

Published a wall map (Indigenous Nations 1500) for use in the school grades 3-12 used in schools around the United States. The map depicts the sites and original names of more than 3,900 American Indian communities in the geographic bounds of the United States before 1500 AD.

 

2006

Action

Leads Tribal/State/Area Agency on Aging negotiations on enactment of Federal caregiver policy.

Results

Changes to policies to benefit tribal elders undertaking Medicare benefits assessments at state, tribal and federal levels.

2010

Action

Presents at Mayo Clinic, “Changing Patterns in Native Communities,” and on Traditional Medicine and Diabetes. Seattle, WA.

2015

Action

Celebrates 25 years of indigenous education providing Certificate and Master’s Degrees.

Results

The CWIS 2 year Certificate and Master’s program enabled over twenty-five graduate students to obtain self designed certificates and Masters degrees in the fields Fourth World Studies, Negotiations, Traditional Medicine, Consciousness Studies and over 500 interns.

2008

Action

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

Results

Elementary and Secondary schools in three English Speaking Countries used the guide to enhance learning among youth about indigenous peoples in their localities.

2013

Action

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.

Results

The Quinault President entered into direct talks and then negotiations with the US Department of to formalize the US President’s policy of conducting relations between Executive Agencies and Indian governments consistent with the principle of government-to-government relations that resulted in the US Department of State breaking off negotiations without explanation after three months of negotiations.

2010

Action

CWIS collaboratively drafts language as guidelines for the United States Department of Interior’s Intertribal Task Force on Climate Change for Interior responsibilities in relations with tribal governments.

2009

Action

Co-drafts language incorporated into US President Barack Obama’s Executive Order on Federal Agency Consultation with tribal governments.

2009

Action

Drafts the “Tribal White Paper on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation for inclusion in White House Policy on Climate change in relation to Indian communities”.

2009

Action

Provides (Indigenous peoples’ language) for US House Bill 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.

1995

Action

Presents “Reflections on Treaties, Indian Law, and Tribal Sovereignty,” Constitutional Sovereignty Summit, Washington, D.C.

1988

Action

Drafts language for the Tribal Self-Governance Planning section of the US Congress Appropriations Act, 1981 – 1988.

Results

CWIS facilitated the organization of US/Tribal leaders’ talks to establish a framework (Appointment of a special US government negotiator) to negotiate Self-Governance Compacts between the US government and each of more than 560 tribal governments resulting in more than $2 billion USD in education, health, government services and economic services.

1986-1994

Action

Drafts Government-to-government policy and practices, Environmental Protection Agency, 1986.

Results

The Environmental Protection Agency adopted the “EPA Policy for the Administration of Environmental Programs on Indian Reservations” (WSG-73) including the language: “to give special consideration to Tribal interest in making Agency policy, and to insure the close involvement of Tribal Governments in making decisions …”

1979-1983

Action

Drafts Government-to-government Indian Policy for President Ronald Reagan.

Results

CWIS language was incorporated into the Presidential American Indian policy statement, “which reaffirmed the government-to-government relationship of Indian tribes with the United States; expressed the primary role of tribal governments in reservation affairs”.

1977-1979

Action

Drafts Federal Acknowledgment Regulations – Bureau of Indian Affairs.

1975

Action

Drafted Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.