Center for World Indigenous Studies
A Think Tank of Activist Scholars
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Who we are

We are a global community of activist scholars advancing the rights of indigenous peoples through the application of traditional knowledge.

Our mission: Activist scholars advancing the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide.

Board of Directors

Rudolph C. Rÿser, PhD.
Chair (Cree, Oneida [USA])

Amy Dejarlais, B.A., MA
Secretary (Anishinabe [Canada])

Kū Kahakalau, PhD.
(Hawaiian – [US-occupied territory])

Gillian Joseph,
(Ihaŋktoŋwaŋ Dakota)

Amelia Marchand, MA
Treasurer (Colville Confederated Tribes [USA])

Jeremie Caribou,
(Cree/Mohawk)

Henry Cagey,
(Lummi Nation [USA])

Leslie E. Korn, PhD, MPH, LMHC
Research director and head of the Center for Traditional Medicine

Martha Schmidt, LL.M.
Educator on Human Rights and the Rights of Ecosystems

Core Staff

Rudolph C. Rÿser, PhD.
Executive Director

Aline Castañeda Cadena,
Executive Assistant to Dr. Ryser / FWJ Managing Editor

Leslie E. Korn, PhD, MPH, LMHC
Director Research and Education

Dina Gilio-Whitaker, MA
Policy Director, Senior Researcher

Dr. Teodora C. Hasegan,
FWJ Copy Editor

Fatima Mora,
Creative Director

Angel Estrada,
Project Manager & Web Strategy Director

Yesenia Cortés,
Executive Assistant + Copy

Irma Felix,
Executive Assistant + Copy

Michel Medellin,
Graphic Designer

Max Montalbán,
Multimedia Director

Juan Gradilla,
Web Developer

William Parish, MSc
International Relations Researcher

Regina Paulose,
International Affairs Legal Counsel

Consult with us

We have a team of expert researchers, analysts, facilitators and trainers to respond to requests from tribal governments.

contact us