BIO PIC 2015MonaMona Polacca is a Havasupai, Hopi, and Tewa member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes of Parker, Arizona. She is one of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers – a group of wise elders from around the world.  Promoting a call of basic consciousness that we are all related. 

She is an author in social sciences, has served as Treasurer for her tribe, and is known for her social activism and leadership.

Her work includes the drafting of Water Declarations, as a “call for protection of the cultural and sacred waters” on the lands and territories of the Indigenous peoples of the world, and planning the Indigenous World Forum on Water.

Mona Polacca is a member of The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, who are concerned with the destruction of the earth and traditional ways of life.

Mona served on several committees for Indigenous Peoples within the United Nations. She served as a U.S. delegate at the Indigenous Women’s Intercontinental Meeting in Lima, Peru, where she participated in the drafting of the Statement on Indigenous Women’s Issues. She participates in the United Nations Permanent Forum of Indigenous Peoples Issues, and for the past ten years she has been a member of a group planning the Indigenous World Forum on Water and Peace.

Her intercontinental work among Indigenous Peoples includes assisting First Nations in Canada in the drafting of Water Declarations, and South American Peoples in a collaborative effort to “call for protection of the cultural and sacred waters” on the lands and territories of the Indigenous peoples of the world.

From an early age, she began a journey of understanding and learning old ways, word for word, through the teachings of Elders who trusted her to carry the knowledge and keep the wisdom for the benefit of Indigenous Peoples.

Mona is a featured conference speaker nationally and internationally, focusing on Indigenous Peoples’ human rights, aging, mental health, and violence.  She is also the President/CEO and faculty member of the Turtle Island Project, a non-profit program dedicated to promoting a vision of wellness and providing trans-cultural training to individuals, families, and healthcare professionals.