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Our Story

1989

CWIS and Evergreen State College conduct the “Symposium on Indian Self-Government” and CWIS  publishes the book “Indian Self-governance.”

1986

CWIS facilitates and agreement between the Chakma of the Chittagong Hill Tracts of eastern Bangladesh and Papuans of West Papua to strategize reversal of World Bank funding to the separate states supporting “transmigration programs.”

1985

The National Congress of American Indians asks CWIS to send Rudolph Ryser to Nicaragua to advise the Miskito, Sumu and Rama Indian tribes during the peace negotiations to end the war in Nicaragua.

1984

The Center for World Indigenous Studies incorporates as an independent, non-profit (U.S. 501 (c)(3)) research and education organization.

1982

CWIS promotes and facilitates negotiation of a mutual assistance and cooperation agreement between MISURASATA and the National Congress of American Indians and distributes the agreement to all state embassies in the western Hemisphere.

1980

CWIS conducts year-long study of “tribal/state relationship” publishes “Solving Intergovernmental Conflicts: Tribes and States in Conflict, A Tribal Proposal”.

CWIS develops the strategy to establish agreements between the Indian governments and the United States recognizing each nation’s self-governance status.

1979

During the first Conference of Tribal Governments at Tumwater in the Pacific Northwest tribal leaders adopt a resolution to establish a documentary center for tribal records and research. Grand Chief George Manuel called for the creation of the a “Fourth World Think Tank”  Dr. Rudolph Ryser takes the helm and creates The Center for World Indigenous Studies.

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