Monday, August 25, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Fourth Estate and the Fourth World
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Fighting for Our Lives
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The Real News
As part of my work as a scholar and analyst, I write a column for Fourth World Eye, an online daily journal of the Center for World Indigenous Studies.
As the premier indigenous think tank and archival repository serving the Fourth World for the past thirty years, CWIS is at the forefront of the global struggle for indigenous human rights.
In the aftermath of the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, knowledge of the Fourth World is widely recognized as essential to comprehending global resource wars. One of the reasons mainstream media is consistently incoherent is that this point of view is excluded. Real News has broken new ground by including the indigenous perspective.
The Real News Network coverage of the situation in Bolivia by reporter Pepe Escobar has been exemplary, offering analysis seen nowhere else on American TV.
As a writer focused on democracy, human rights and the world indigenous movement, I regularly seek out credible news sources outside corporate media. Real News is one source I've come to rely on.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
I first met Joe DelaCruz and Rudy Ryser in 1996 at a conference the Center for World Indigenous Studies hosted for research activists fighting Wise Use. Rudy, I later found out, was, at the time, also on the board of the Center for Democratic Renewal, then run by Loretta Ross.
Rudy’s mentors included George Manuel, who, from the 1950s through the 1980s, was the spark that generated global communication and coordination amongst indigenous peoples emerging from colonialism. Through their formation of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples, he and Rudy laid the groundwork for indigenous fora and working groups within the UN, as well as parallel organizations like the United League of Indigenous Nations and Coast Salish Gathering. CWIS today is considered the premier indigenous think tank and archival repository serving the Fourth World.
In December 2005, they invited me to join as an associate scholar, and in February 2006 my essay The Power of Moral Sanction was featured in their Forum for Global Exchange. In September 2006 my paper Institutional Memory as Community Safeguard was published in their peer-reviewed Fourth World Journal. In January 2007 they asked me to serve as moderator for their private online forum, and in August 2007, I was asked to contribute a weekly column to Fourth World Eye, their online daily journal of insight and commentary on world affairs.