JANUARY 22, 1955


Mona’s involvement in Indigenous social justice began at age 14 when she first heard about the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969 and was allowed by her parents to visit the island. She learned the old ways and prophesies from elders, word for word. Now a leader in the Native American “revitalization movement,” Mona gained recognition as one of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers – a group of spiritual elders, medicine women and wisdom keepers founded in 2004. Additionally, she served as a U.S. delegate at the Indigenous Women’s Inter-Continental Meeting in Lima, Peru, and on United Nations committees on Indigenous people’s issues. Domestically, Mona was on the Board of Directors of Youth Advocate Programs Inc. and has done work on health issues with the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. In 2021, she joined the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary (New York City) as a senior fellow for the Original Caretakers Program.

Sources:  Suzym, “Grandmother Mona Polacca to Present Keynote Address on Climate at Forum 2020,” The Temple of Understanding.  Retrieved 3/6/2021,  Grandmother Mona Polacca to present keynote address on climate at FORUM2020 | The Temple of Understanding
Photo: Dhougan, 3/30/2017.  Permissive Use. 

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