Melanie Moniz

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Melanie Moniz (MHA Nation) is a mother, collaborator, organizer, creative, and a lived experienced leader. She is a survivor who emerged to leadership during the rise of the Missing Murdered Indigenous Women and People (MMIWP) movement across the US region of Turtle Island. Born from a long line of matriarch warriors, and following in the footsteps of her parents who were both artists and activists, Melanie brings a bold voice, a much needed perspective, and a deep commitment to building for a better world.

Best known for her movement work and grassroots organizing, Melanie has been a collaborator and contributor to various initiatives, campaigns, and efforts including, Rename Custer Park, Orange Shirt Day ND, Solidarity Circle, No Place For Hate, and Remembering The Hearts Or Our Relatives. Grounded in an anti-oppression framework and rooted in her Indigenous culture, she creates community spaces that center art as a tool for healing and empowerment.

An urban indigenous woman who can be found working on the ground in community, collaborating with organizations that share her values, or at the podium pushing for macro level change, Melanie is powerful change maker, committed to contributing for a better world for all people regardless of background, identity, and intersectionality.