FDA and CDC Could Soon Employ ‘Indigenous Knowledge,’ Documents Show

FDA and CDC Could Soon Employ ‘Indigenous Knowledge,’ Documents Show

  • February 13, 2024

Joseph Simonson, Free Beacon

The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could soon employ “Indigenous Knowledge” in their research, a document obtained by the Washington Free Beacon shows.

The document is a proposed revision of scientific integrity guidelines for the Department of Health and Human Services, which encompasses the FDA, CDC, and the National Institutes of Health. Going forward, agency staff should employ “multiple forms of evidence, such as Indigenous Knowledge,” when analyzing data, the document states.

“Indigenous knowledge” posits that native peoples possess hidden wisdom about the workings of the universe and has been widely dismissed by experts as pseudoscience. The proposed guidelines point to other “non-traditional modes of science,” including “citizen science, community-engaged research, participatory science, and crowdsourcing.” Including these methods is part of the agency’s “support” for “equity, justice, and trust,” the document states.

One of the White House officials behind the “indigenous knowledge” memo is barred from publishing any papers through the National Academy of Sciences for five years after the organization found she committed numerous ethics violations. There is no evidence the White House disciplined the official, who did not dispute the allegations.

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