Page 45 of the 2010 Department of Defense appropriations bill (H.R. 3326) contains an apology to Native Americans on behalf of the citizens of the Unites States. This apology is buried in a 67 page bill that has never been clearly communicated or shared with the nearly 5 million Native American citizens of this country.
Our mission is to invite our nation's citizens and leaders, as well as members of the global community, to gather at the US Capitol on December 19, 2012 and join our efforts to communicate as publically, as humbly and as respectfully as possible the contents of H.R. 3326 (and the apology enclosed therein) to the Native American tribes, communities and citizens of the United States of America.
It is our hope that this event will establish safe and honest common ground where a national conversation for reconciliation between our country and Native America can begin.
Mark Charles (Navajo/Caucasian)
Lori Tapahonso (Navajo)
Steve Prince (African American)
Kate Osterloh (Caucasian)
(Nov. 24, 2012 - Native News Network)
FORT DEFIANCE, ARIZONA – When Navajo Mark Charles reads the apology to American Indians next month that was buried in a Congressional appropriations bill three years ago with the US Capitol Building in the background, he hopes the apology can be read in as many Native languages as possible.
(May 14, 2012 - Indian Country Today)
During his official visit to the United States I had the privilege of personally, and publically, addressing James Anaya, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Below is a summary of the 5 minute presentation I gave to him. I welcome your comments and feedback:
(March 16, 2012 - crcna.org)
Mark Charles and a small but diverse group of partners are inviting people to gather and stand with them later this year in front of the US Capitol building for a public reading of the “Apology to Native Peoples of the United States.”