Mark Charles is a speaker, writer, and consultant. The son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man, Mark teaches the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and Christendom in order to help forge a path of healing and conciliation for the nation. In 2012, Mark hosted a public reading at the US Capitol of the buried apology to Native peoples in the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill given by the 111th Congress. He is the co-author of the book, Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery, and he authors the blog Reflections from the Hogan. He is a co-founder of the Would Jesus Eat Frybread? college-conference series and has served on the boards of the Christian Reformed Church of North America and the Christian Community Development Association. Mark is currently an independent candidate for the presidency of the United States, advocating for a Truth and Conciliation Commission – a formal and national dialogue on issues of race, gender, and class.
Mark’s Personal Journey
- Blog: Paved Roads
- Blog: Ya’at’eeh
- Blog: When I grow up I want to be a Shepherd
- Video: My Traditional Introduction
- Audio: My Journey to Worship God as a Navajo Christian
- Power and Authority – Urban Youth Workers National Conference
- Doctrine of Discovery – Fresno, California
- Being Native American in the United States
What is Wirelesshogan?
A hogan is the traditional Navajo home. While it symbolizes the historical and cultural dwellings of my people, it also reflects the daily life for many Navajos today. The Navajo Nation is the largest US reservation and is home to about 180,000 Navajos, yet it is one of the least developed areas of the United States. Lack of running water, electricity, and many common amenities is typical for many Navajo homes today.
My family and I lived in the hogan pictured herein a remote area of the reservation for 3 years in order to gain an understanding of the traditional Navajo life. Since I supported my family through computer consulting, I managed to do so through my laptop, using my cell phone for internet connection, all on battery power. Hence, the name Wirelesshogan. ~ Mark Charles
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