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Debra Harry

Executive Director,
Nixon, NV

Dr. Debra Harry is a Northern Paiute woman from Pyramid Lake, Nevada. She serves as the Executive Director of the Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism (IPCB), a U.S.-based non-profit organization created to assist Indigenous peoples in the protection of their genetic resources, Indigenous knowledge, and cultural and human rights from the negative effects of biotechnology. Dr. Harry has developed and teaches a 10-week online course titled “Protecting Cultural Property in the Biotech Age” offered through UCLA's Extension Tribal Learning Courses. The course provides an overview of biocolonialism, and helps learners identify ways to address the unique issues biotechnology poses for Indigenous peoples./Dr. Harry advocates for the rights of Indigenous peoples in international fora, including the World Intellectual Property Organization Intergovernmental Committee on Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources, and Folklore (WIPO IGC), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).

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