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Center for World Indigenous Studies

The Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS) is a non-profit American organization. Founded in 1979 as a research and documentation clearing house, it was incorporated in 1984 by Rudolph C. Ryser, Ph.D. (who grew up as member of the Cowlitz tribe but was of Weskarini, Oneida and Cree heritage), and Chief George Manuel (1929–1989) of the Shuswap nation.

Joe DeLaCruz (1937–2000),[1] a former president of the National Congress of American Indians, was chair of public policy at CWIS.

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