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"Ahsoka, this is Mina Bonteri. She was my mentor when I was growing up on Naboo."
―Padmé Amidala introduces Bonteri to Ahsoka Tano[src]

Mina Bonteri was a female human native to the planet Onderon. Prior to the Clone Wars, Bonteri served as a mentor to Padmé Amidala on Naboo, and the two became close friends. During the war, Bonteri was the senator of the Japrael sector in the Separatist Senate. Following Bonteri's death, her son, Lux Bonteri, filled her position. However, he left the Confederacy when he learned Count Dooku, the Confederate Head of State, had been the one who arranged her death.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Before the outbreak of the Clone Wars, Bonteri was Senator for her homeworld of Onderon.[8] She and her husband had a son, Lux. Bonteri also mentored Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo and became her friend.[4]

Clone Wars[edit | edit source]

"Surely there's room in the galaxy for Confederate and Republic planets to coexist. I move that we immediately open peace negotiations with Chancellor Palpatine on Coruscant."
―Bonteri moves to discuss peace with the Republic[src]

Mina Bonteri addresses the Separatist Senate.

By the time the Clone Wars broke out, Bonteri had joined Count Dooku's Confederacy of Independent Systems as a member of the Separatist Senate. She and her son relocated to the Confederacy's Capital, Raxus Secundus where they had a home in Raxulon. By then, Bonteri's husband had been killed by clone troopers during a battle on Aargonar.[4]

Bonteri was later contacted by Amidala, who wished to discuss a peace initiative between the Galactic Republic and Confederacy. Amidala and her friend, the Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano, secretly visited her on Raxus to discuss the proposed initiative. Bonteri was initially skeptical that the plan would work, but decided to do her best to convince the Separatist Senate to act on it. During a session of the Confederate Senate, Bonteri called for a vote to open the peace talks with Republic. However, Bonteri's efforts were thwarted by General Grievous's terrorist attack on Coruscant on the orders of Dooku.[4]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

Bonteri was killed in an apparent Republic attack that followed the failed peace initiative, but Republic spies confirmed that it was Dooku's agents who killed her.[2] Her son tried to avenge his mother's death by briefly joining the Death Watch.[9] He then returned to Onderon and joined the rebels in freeing the planet[8] and return Ramsis Dendup to the throne.[10] Impressed by the Jedi Order's efforts to liberate Onderon, Lux vowed to guide the people of Onderon back to the Republic as their new senator in the Galactic Senate.[11]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The name and photo of Bonteri was featured in Star Wars Insider 121, released on October 26, 2010. She later appeared in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series episode "Heroes on Both Sides," where she was voiced by Kath Soucie, who also voices Republic Senator Mon Mothma.

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