Mark Charles

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Mark R. Charles is a Native American activist, public speaker, consultant on Native American issues, journalist, blogger, pastor, and computer programmer.[1] He is an independent candidate for President of the United States in the 2020 election.[2]

Early life[edit]

Charles, the son of a Navajo father and a Dutch-American mother, grew up in Gallup, New Mexico.[1][3] He is a graduate of UCLA.[1]

Activism and career[edit]

Charles is noted for his activism in denouncing the Doctrine of Discovery and opposition to the Dakota pipeline.[4][5][6][7] He is a former pastor at the Christian Indian Center in Denver, Colorado.[3]

He is a consultant for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, as well as the Washington, D.C., correspondent for Native News Online.[8] Since 2008, he has written the blog “Wirelesshogan: Reflections from the Hogan”.[2][8]

2020 presidential campaign[edit]

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.[2][3] On August 20, he spoke at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum, alongside major candidates including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Staff, ABQJournal News (April 13, 2009). "10:25am -- Navajo Speaker Calls for '51st Virtual State'". Albuquerque Journal.
  2. ^ a b c Bennett-Begaye, (May 30, 2019). Jourdan "'Yá'át'tééh ... I am running for president'".
  3. ^ a b c Heinsius, Ryan (May 31, 2019). "Member of Navajo Nation Announces U.S. Presidential Campaign". KNAU.
  4. ^ "Navajo man calls attention to U.S. apology". UPI. December 19, 2012.
  5. ^ Merritt, Carol Howard (April 20, 2015). "Doctrine of Discovery". The Christian Century.
  6. ^ Nuckols, Ben (March 10, 2017). "Opponents of Dakota Pipeline Bring Their Message to Trump". NBC4 Washington.
  7. ^ "Denominations repent for Native American land grabs". Religion News Service. August 22, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Horlyk, Earl (November 11, 2018). "Navajo Christian leader to speak at Northwestern College". Sioux City Journal.
  9. ^ Martin, Nick (August 19, 2019). "Indian Country Is Finally Getting the Political Attention It Deserves". The New Republic.

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