Grandmother Mary Lyons

Great-Grandmother Mary Lyons, Ojibwe Elder, is a spiritual advisor, storyteller and wisdom keeper. She travels and teaches internationally with the Indigenous Grandmothers of the Sacred We. Grandmother Mary is the founder of the Minnesota Coalition on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, an Indian Child Welfare Act Expert Witness and a Native American Family and Child Advocate. She was a keynote speaker at the Parliament of World Religions in Utah and at the People’s Climate March in New York City in 2014.
Grandmother Mary is guided by her ancestors and has dedicated her life to helping others.

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