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      FW: Press Release - Indigenous Resource Protection Act now available

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      Subject: Press Release - Indigenous Resource Protection Act now
      Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2000 17:19:19 -0700
      From: Debra Harry <ipcb@...>

      Press Release
      Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism

      For Release:  October 1, 2000

      Brett Lee Shelton, J.D.
      Director of Policy and Research
      Tel:  (775) 835-6932
      Email: bshelton@...


      Debra Harry, Executive Director
      Tel:  (775) 835-6932

      New Model for Tribal Protection in Scientific Research Released:
      Changing the paradigm from being research "subjects" to research

      Wadsworth, NV:  The Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism (IPCB)
      announces the release of the Indigenous Research Protection Act, a model
      regulatory tool which IPCB developed to help American Indian tribes
      protect their genetic resources and peoples from potentially harmful
      scientific research activities conducted within their jurisdictions.
      Brett Lee Shelton, attorney and Director of Policy and Research for the
      IPCB said "the Act is an attempt to provide tribes with as much control
      over research affecting them as possible.  It addresses a need for
      protection that has been absent in other legal and policy arenas."

      Historically, there has been prolific scientific interest in Indigenous
      peoples' lifestyles, knowledge, cultures, histories, and worldviews.
      With the burgeoning field of genetic research, indigenous peoples
      worldwide are now at the forefront of a new wave of scientific
      investigations: the search for unique genetic sequences that may prove
      useful in health research or in profitable new products.

      The Indigenous Research Protection Act was developed by Native American
      attorneys who serve on the IPCB's staff and Board of Directors.  The
      field of genetic research requires special considerations, such as the
      control of biological samples, that are probably not included in most
      existing tribal legal codes but need to be considered.  Jeanette
      Wolfley, who currently serves as an attorney for the Ft. Hall
      Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, and is a member of the IPCB Board of Directors
      who helped to draft the model Act, said "this Act provides a model to
      help protect against unwanted research on Native peoples, including
      provisions for tribal consent prior to research taking place within
      tribal jurisdictions, and provisions for control of biological samples
      used in research beyond reservation boundaries. In addition, it is
      likely to result in more beneficial outcomes of research when tribes are
      fully involved in the review, design, and implementation of research
      that meets their needs."

      The Act also incorporates elements of other successful tribal resource
      protection regulations, such as those of the Akwesasne Mohawk, Pueblo of
      Zuni, and White Mountain Apache Nations.  The Act also draws on several
      international documents concerning the rights of Indigenous peoples.
      The Act is written to address all research that may take place within a
      tribe's jurisdiction, including special attention to new fields of study
      in biotechnology.

      With publication of the Act, tribes now have a tool to use as the basis
      for exercising full control and regulatory authority over scientific
      research activity that affects their peoples or territories. Debra
      Harry, Executive Director of the IPCB said "establishing this control is
      particularly important because current national legal protections for
      human subjects in research protect only individuals and do not extend to
      group rights.  In other words, there currently are no laws that protect
      the collective rights of indigenous peoples in genetic research."
      Existing laws protect individuals, and these protections are focused on
      an individual's freedom to choose to participate based on fully informed
      consent and an awareness of the benefits and risks involved.

      The Act is offered to assist tribal leaders and attorneys when a Tribe
      desires to protect itself and its people from potential human rights
      violations or exploitation, by taking control of research conducted
      within its jurisdiction.  It covers all research, including genetic
      research.  The Act is available at the IPCB website (www.ipcb.org/
      pub/irpaintro.html), and it may be adapted as necessary and incorporated
      into any tribe's legal system.  The IPCB may be contacted to answer
      questions about the contents of the Act or about adapting the act to
      meet a tribe's specific needs.

      See the Indigenous Resource Protection Act at the following website:

      Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism
      P.O. Box 818
      Wadsworth, NV  89442
      Tel:  (775) 835-6832
      Fax:  (775) 835-6934

      Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism
      Tel:  (775) 835-6932            Fax:  (775) 835-6934
      Email: ipcb@...    Website:  www.ipcb.org

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