Mark R. Charles is a Native American activist, public speaker, consultant on Native American issues, journalist, blogger, pastor, and computer programmer. He is an independent candidate for President of the United States in the 2020 election.
Activism and career
Charles is noted for his activism in denouncing the Doctrine of Discovery and opposition to the Dakota pipeline. He is a former pastor at the Christian Indian Center in Denver, Colorado.
He is a consultant for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, as well as the Washington, D.C., correspondent for Native News Online. Since 2008, he has written the blog “Wirelesshogan: Reflections from the Hogan”.
2020 presidential campaign
In May 2019, Charles announced via a YouTube video that he is running for President of the United States as an independent in the 2020 election. On August 20, he spoke at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum, alongside major candidates including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris.
- Staff, ABQJournal News (April 13, 2009). "10:25am -- Navajo Speaker Calls for '51st Virtual State'". Albuquerque Journal.
- Bennett-Begaye, (May 30, 2019). Jourdan "'Yá'át'tééh ... I am running for president'". IndianCountryToday.com.
- Heinsius, Ryan (May 31, 2019). "Member of Navajo Nation Announces U.S. Presidential Campaign". KNAU.
- "Navajo man calls attention to U.S. apology". UPI. December 19, 2012.
- Merritt, Carol Howard (April 20, 2015). "Doctrine of Discovery". The Christian Century.
- Nuckols, Ben (March 10, 2017). "Opponents of Dakota Pipeline Bring Their Message to Trump". NBC4 Washington.
- "Denominations repent for Native American land grabs". Religion News Service. August 22, 2018.
- Horlyk, Earl (November 11, 2018). "Navajo Christian leader to speak at Northwestern College". Sioux City Journal.
- Martin, Nick (August 19, 2019). "Indian Country Is Finally Getting the Political Attention It Deserves". The New Republic.
- Mark Charles 2020, official presidential campaign site
- 'We the People' - the three most misunderstood words in US history, Tedx Talk given by Charles
- Wirelesshogan: Reflections from the Hogan, Charles' blog