Co- Conveners and Conference Sponsors

After decades of collaboration and solidarity as organizations of Indigenous Peoples, the following co-conveners determined that there was an overarching need to proactively address the common issues resulting from 520 years of colonization. This event is the culmination of our collective purpose. The Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery conference serves as an opportunity to create new dialogues and strategies of engagement within and among our respective communities. The continuation of these partnerships will live on as the collective foundation upon which we will base our work moving forward. 

Instituto Cientifico de Culturas Indigenas (ICCI) - Ecuador


ICCI is an organization primarily dedicated to documenting the knowledge and practice of Indigenous Peoples. Through research, training, and the sharing of information they work to revitalize the individual and collective identity.

The Institute also provides technical assistance to public and private entities and activities related to indigenous peoples, guiding the knowledge to overcome colonization.

Maya Vision


As a consequence of the genocide and persecution of the Maya Peoples in Guatemala during the 1980's, entire communities were forced into exile. Many fled north to establish enclaves in many different regions throughout North America.

Maya Vision is an advocacy and representative organization of these Maya families of Indigenous Peoples. They are based in Los Angeles, CA where they serve as a bridge between communities from Guatemala to Canada to maintain their cultural identity and exercise self determination. 

Amawtay Wasi


The Intercultural University “Amawtay Wasi” (UIAW) of the Indigenous Nationalities and People of Ecuador is an educational project of the indigenous movement and is jointly supported by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador “CONAIE”, and the Scientific Institute of Indigenous Cultures “ICCI”, Amawta Runakunapak Yachay “ARY”.

The university was established to be a space of both reflection and action, and grew out of a project of the nationalities and peoples of Ecuador and of all Abya Yala (the Americas). Our university works towards the decolonization of knowledge and is committed to reconstructing the concept and meaning of intercultural knowledge.

Techantit Cultural Center


Techantit Cultural Center (TCC) is a nonprofit organization founded with the mission to promote Techantit culture, art, and education through the rescue of our ancestral roots, traditions, and worldview to improve the quality of life in our community.  Only by knowing our history and culture can we understand our origins and how colonization has affected us as a People.

The TCC creates and maintains a space where as Indigenous and nonindigenous People are welcomed and respected. In addition, TCC develops initiatives and activities aimed at the protection of Indigenous communities in El Salvador and around the world.


This event is funded in part by the generous support of the following organizations:

- Arizona State University's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

- Arizona State University's School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies

Arizona State University's Social Justice and Human Rights Program

- Social Justice and Human Rights Student Association at Arizona State University's West campus

- The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples


Frente Indigena de Organizaciones Binacional (FIOB)


FIOB is a community-based organization and a coalition of indigenous organizations, communities, and individuals settled in Oaxaca, Baja California and in the State of California in the United States. This organization was founded on October 5, 1991 in Los Angeles, California. 

Their mission is to contribute in the development and self-determination of the migrant and non-migrants indigenous communities, as well as struggle for the defense of the human rights with justice and gender equity at the binational level.

TONATIERRA Community Development Institute


Tonatierra is a grassroots, community-based organization of Indigenous Peoples dedicated to the principles of self determination and community ecology. 

Their mission is to create and sustain a cultural embassy of  the Indigenous Peoples that will support local-global and holistic Indigenous community development initiatives in education, culture, and economic development in accord with these principles. 



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