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.
  • Out of Step

    In the August 30, 2012 report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, it is noted that flagrant violations of historical treaties constitute some of the principal wrongdoings committed by the United… more >>
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  • Standing in the Way

    In this film about geomilitary mapping in Mexico, we learn about the academic/non-profit front of the U.S. Army project to militarize indigenous territories as a means of privatizing communally owned land. As a process of… more >>
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  • Taking on the Tea Party

    Speaking at the annual Western States Center gathering in Portland, Oregon, Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights vice president Devin Burghart explained how the Tea Party is the most threatening movement of white… more >>
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  • People Land Truth

    People Land Truth -- a free anniversary eBook by Intercontinental Cry, with contributions from the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Sacred Land Film Project -- is now available. Supporting independent journalism for the… more >>
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  • Aymara from Bolivia visit Center

    A delegation of education and cultural leaders from Bolivia sponsored by the US Department of State People-to-People Program met for a briefing at the Center for World Indigenous Studies on 3 July… more >>
    Translation to Spanish available!
  • Health Tribunal

    Luxury goods like gold are indeed beautiful, but the disease and death caused by their mining is not. On July 14 and 15, a People's International Health Tribunal will gather in Guatemala to discuss… more >>
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  • Coping with Diabetes

    In her graduate thesis, CWIS associate scholar Renee Davis examines the cultural use of local plants to enable coping with diabetes and generational trauma in Salish tribal communities, and how… more >>
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