Forum for Global Exchange

Forum for Global Exchange

Fourth World nations the world over are at the center of global events. Whether the topic is health and healing one finds the ancient knowledge of Fourth World nations in the center of the debate. If the topic is climate change or environmental protection, that Fourth World nations occupy territories on which 80% of the world's last remaining biodiversity are located nations hold the key to how to preserve life on the planet.
CWIS has begun to organize a coalition of Fourth World Nations under the leadership of the San Francisco Xochicoatla (Mexico) to work for the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Mohican Nation, Pequot, Lenape (US), Biafra of Nigeria, Qom of Argentina and Rohingya of Burma have joined to endorse the CWIS drafted Joint Statement of Constitutional and Indigenous Governments presented to UN Member states and Fourth World Governments worldwide.
Great power politics between states' governments most often have Fourth World nations at the center of contests over wealth and power. Their strategic importance in each locality far outweighs their size.When Fourth World nations engage each other or states' governments they are involved in a GLOBAL EXCHANGE. This program aims to facilitate the exchanges between Fourth World Nations and between these nations and the various international states.It is the prospect of dialogue and negotiations between Fourth World Nations and their neighbors that remains the focus of this program.
  • Indigenous Justice in the Andes

    In "Cambios en la Justicia Comunitaria y Factores de Influencia", Hans-Jürgen Brandt describes the changes in the indigenous judicial system in Peru and Ecuador during the last ten years. He finds that its reference norms… more >>
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  • Fishable Waters

    In the Spring 2013 American Indian Law Journal, Catherine A. O'Neill examines what it means to indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest to have fishable waters. In her discussion of the fish and fishing peoples of Washington… more >>
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  • Appropriations and Apparitions

    Elected tribal leaders in Canada and the US are governing authorities, but their authority is not exclusive. While their authority extends to matters delineated by Ottawa and Washington, the traditional governing authorities of… more >>
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  • Indigenous Diplomatic Traditions

    Politics based on justice, diplomacy based on love is the subject of a recent article by Mississauga Nishnaabeg author Leanne Simpson in briarpatch magazine. "Even in a modern context," says Simpson, "treaties are a storied… more >>
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  • Take These Tribes Down

    Charles Tanner Jr exposes the entrepreneurial wing of the anti-Indian movement in the US, and their current campaign to mobilize resentment against tribal governments. Following on the heels of my April 10 article at… more >>
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  • Tea Parties and Treaty Rights

    With the Tea Party, Far-Right Christians, property rights and militia organizers teaming up to terminate tribal sovereignty, violent white supremacists are the only missing element in the national anti-Indian hate campaign… more >>
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  • Life on the Line

    Paul de Armond, the former research director at Public Good Project, passed away yesterday. In 2001, Paul was presented the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force award for putting his life on the line organizing opposition to… more >>
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