Dr. Debra Harry

Debra Harry is an Indigenous woman from the Kooyooe Dukaddo Band of the Northern Paiute peoples. She began her own activism for Indigenous rights at the age of 20 when the MX Missile System of nuclear warheads, was proposed by the US military to be based in the Great Basin. During that time she worked on land rights, treaty rights, and water rights issues is the Great Basin. Her work evolved to her doctoral thesis, “Indigenous Wisdom in The Biotech Age: The Development of New Knowledge in the Context of Biocolonialism”, gaining her recognition on the Dean’s List for academic excellence at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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Land Acknowledgment

The Parliament of the World's Religions acknowledges it is situated on the traditional homelands of the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Hoocąk (Winnebago/Ho’Chunk), Jiwere (Otoe), Nutachi (Missouria), and Baxoje (Iowas); Kiash Matchitiwuk (Menominee); Meshkwahkîha (Meskwaki); Asâkîwaki (Sauk); Myaamiaki (Miami), Waayaahtanwaki (Wea), and Peeyankihšiaki (Piankashaw); Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo); Inoka (Illini Confederacy); Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), and Odawak (Odawa).

PoWR recognizes the region we now call Chicago remains home to a diversity of Indigenous peoples today and this land upon which we walk, live, and play continues to be Indigenous land.

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