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.

    Reports from Human Rights workers confirm that the Indonesian military (TNI) and police launched a new military offensive in the Jamo (also spelt Yamo) Valley in the remote Puncak Jaya region of West Papua, in the first week of August 2007.
  • Puyallup Tribe of Indians gives grant to CWIS

    The Puyallup Indian Nation Charitable Fund granted $15,000 to the Center for World Indigenous Studies for its work through the Center for Traditional Medicine on 22 August 2007. Ms. Lena Landry, Chair of the Charitable Fund… more
  • Muckleshoot Indian Tribe gives grant to CWIS

    The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe has given a general grant to CWIS in the amount of $1,200. The Tribe tries to be proactive in meeting the needs of its community and programs.
  • 2007 Tribal Canoe Journey

    This year, on July 30th, 2007, Canoe Families from around the Northwest Coast came together at the Lummi Nation. On this day Lummi Nation celebrated its first potlatch since 1937. Photos hosted by Storms PhotoGraphic.
  • United League of Indigenous Nations formed

    In 2006, the National Congress of American Indians Special Committee on Indigenous Nations Relationships created a drafting committee that prepared this treaty, which proposed the establishment of a United League of Indigenous… more