Center for World Indigenous Studies
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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])

Ku Kahakalau, PhD.
Secretary (Hawai’ian [USA])

John A. Schertow,
Treasurer (Mohawk [Canada])

John Burrows III,
Deputy Treasurer [USA]

Valeria Gheorghiu, JD
Director [USA]

Laura McCandlish Ryser,
Director [USA]

Russell Jim,
Director Emeritus (Yakama [USA])

Ousmane Aly Pame, PhD
Director (Mauri [Senegal])

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

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

Core Staff

Rudolph C. Rÿser, PhD.
Executive Director

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

Heidi G Bruce, MA
FWJ Managing Editor, Senior Researcher

Dina Gilio-Whitaker, MA
Policy Director, Senior Researcher

Fatima Mora,
Assistant to the Director of Research and Education, Digital Design

Angel Estrada,
IT Specialist

Consult with us

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

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