Ed Polkenhorn was born at home on his family’s ranch in North Fork to Elizabeth Polkenhorn, a traditional Mono Indian basket weaver and story teller who cooked acorn and was a life-time member of the Sierra Mono Museum in North Fork.
After working in the logging industry for nearly 42 years, including stints with American Forest Products Corporation and Georgia Pacific, Polkenhorn became an avid sailor, earning his captain’s license from the US Coast Guard and sailing certification from the American Sailing Association.
He taught sailing and delivered sailboats up and down the west coast of the United States and Mexico before deciding to return to his ancestral home and serve his tribe. He has been married to his wife, Earlinda, for 50 years and has two sons and six grandsons.
“Having been away for some 31 years, I’m eager to return and once again serve my tribe and people,” said Polkenhorn, who currently serves as a commissioner on the North Fork Rancheria Indian Housing Authority, has served as Tribal Treasurer.
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