As many of you know, the Fourth of July, Independence Day, is a conflicted holiday for myself and many other Native Americans. We cannot celebrate a document that refers to us and our community as "merciless Indian Savages." Over the past several years, I have written numerous articles regarding this. On Sunday July 2, the... Continue Reading →
The Doctrine of Discovery, Racial Justice, and the Mission of the Church – Lecture 1 of 4
On Monday June 6 I had the privilege of giving the first lecture in a 4 part series titled "The Doctrine of Discovery, Racial Justice, and the Mission of the Church." This series is sponsored by Peace Fellowship Church in DC and will meet every Monday evening in June (5, 12, 19, 26) from 7... Continue Reading →
A Native Perspective on Memorial Day
There are four US holidays that, as a native, I find difficult to fully celebrate. The first is Columbus Day. For obvious reasons. The second is Thanksgiving. Do we really need a holiday celebrating a mythical multi-ethnic potluck? The third is the Fourth of July. Because the Declaration of Independence refers to natives as "merciless... Continue Reading →
What if we struck racism and sexism from the Constitution of the United States, actually abolished slavery, and added 2 simple words articulating a value for life?
Because I want our children to live in a country where We the People actually means All the People. Mark Charles (Navajo)
A Native Perspective: 100 Days
Last Friday, in a speech to the National Rifle Association, President Trump spoke about his victory in the Electoral College. He noted that he was the only candidate to give a speech to the NRA during the campaign. And, he warned his audience that in the 2020 election many Democratic candidates would be clamoring to... Continue Reading →
Doctrine of Discovery Resources
Recommended Reading Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery by Steven Newcomb Christian Reformed Church Doctrine of Discovery Task Force Report
While some strive to keep America great, and others strive to make America great (again), I propose the better, and more pressing work, is to ensure We the People actually means All the People (for the first time). ~Mark Charles
Audio: Imago Dei Community Church
Audio: Temptations of Greatness On January 22-23, 2017, Mark Charles spoke at Imago Dei Community Church in Portland, OR. (v2 includes analysis of 2016 Presidential Campaign)
Video/Audio: January Series at Calvin College
Mark Charles spoke at the Calvin College January Series in Grand Rapids, MI on January 6, 2017. Audio: Race, Trauma and the Doctrine of Discovery Video: Race, Trauma and the Doctrine of Discovery
Audio: Church of the Servant
On January 8, 2017 Mark Charles spoke to Church of the Servant in Grand Rapids, MI. Audio: Temptations of Greatness (v1)
Video: Franklin & Marshall College
Mark Charles spoke at Common Hour at Franklin and Marshall College on October 12-13, 2016. Video: "A Native Perspective on the Buried History of America"
Video/Audio: CRU Creating Options Together
Mark Charles spoke Tuesday evening, August 2, 2016, at the Creating Options Together™ 2016 Conference at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota Video and Audio: "Doctrine of Discovery"