'Yá’át’tééh ... I am running for president'

Jourdan Bennett-Begaye

Mark Charles: “I am thrilled and honored to announce that I am running for president."

Mark Charles, Navajo, announces his bid for the 2020 presidential race as an Independent candidate.

That makes it 27 candidates in total vying for the seat: 23 Democrats, 2 Republicans and 2 Independents.

His campaign slogan: “To build a nation where ‘We the People’ means all the people.”

Following Navajo protocol, Charles introduced himself in the language, Diné Bizaad, with his four clans in a 9-minute video. Viewers find out that he is also of Dutch heritage, which is his mother.

The last time a Native person ran for president was Russell Means, Oglala Lakota, in the 1988 election. He ran under the Libertarian Party flag.

Charles focuses on two documents: the U.S. Constitution and the Doctrine of Discovery.

He addresses the underlying issues within the Constitution, such as looking at how it protects “white land-owning males” and how it is used to justified today’s form of slavery, which is the criminal justice system.

“The Constitution’s doing exactly what it was designed to do. It’s protecting the interests of white, land-owning men,” he said.

The former pastor of the Christian Indian Center in Denver, Colorado, also criticizes and holds the Doctrine of Discovery, an international document that justified the taking of land by Christians, responsible for the ethnic cleansing of Indigenous people in North America.

Both have been talking points for his public speaking events and his TEDx Talk in January, “We the People - the three most misunderstood words in US history.”

He has been writing about the topics in his blog “Wirelesshogan: Reflections from the Hogan” since 2008 when he moved to the Navajo Nation with his family.

Charles is also a consultant for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, a columnist for Native News Online and is based in Washington, D.C.

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Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Diné, is a reporter/producer for Indian Country Today in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter - @jourdanbb. Email -jbennett-begaye@indiancountrytoday.com

Comments (16)
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NolanRedhouse
NolanRedhouse

This should be at interesting election run for the presidency of 2020. Luckily I'll be able to vote by then.

Drew WaepewAwaehsaeh
Drew WaepewAwaehsaeh

He's got MY vote 100%!!!

noksiwaya
noksiwaya

I am so voting for this guy.

Helgaleena
Helgaleena

you didn't count the #GreenParty candidate Howie Hawkins

macblackwolf
macblackwolf

I will vote for him.

SoulPeace
SoulPeace

How may I contribute to Mark Charles campaign?

Bonnie Rabbit
Bonnie Rabbit

Yes!! Thank you!! Can hardly wait to vote for Mark Charles.

caniscandida
caniscandida

This is a very exciting candidacy. Let's hope Mark Charles gets lots of media attention, and gets to address voters everywhere, and to debate the other candidates. It would be terrific if that happens.

milligrub
milligrub

i want a bumper sticker.

BleakDestiny
BleakDestiny

You will have both mine and my families vote's. Looking forward to good changes!

Katsyann
Katsyann

I hope and pray that Mark Charles goes all the way to the White House! We the people deserve a president who cares for all of the Creator's children. If given a chance, I'm voting for Charles.

Arnold James Begay
Arnold James Begay

This is Arnold James Begay 49 Canidate for the Navajo Nation Chairman from Shonto Chapter Shonto Az, You are running for the Navajo Nation President for 2022, are you going to be hiding Arnold Begay 57 of Ganado AZ and Lower Greasewood Az a child molester, and where were you in 1998, Did you see Arnold Begay 57 of Ganado AZ and Lower Greasewood getting Arrested for Aggravated Sexual Assaulted on a child on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Where were you at in 1998. Are you going to HIDE THAT CHILD MOLESTER ARNOLD BEGAY 57 FROM GANADO AZ AND LOWER GREASEWOOD.

ndninfo
ndninfo

Couple things: 1) Mark Charles is running for the 2020 US presidency, not the Navajo Nation presidency or chairmanship of any year; 2) in 1998, Mr. Charles was 28 -- check his website or Wikipedia entry to see what he was doing at that age; 3) given that your name, the name of the gentleman from Ganado, AZ and this guy http://sexoffendersexposed.com/Arnold-James-Begay/ are all the same (first and last, at least), one of you might want to consider a name change. Finally, if Mr. Charles never had any connection to the Mr. Begay you have mentioned, there's no reason for him to "hide" him, right? So why are you bringing this up? Maybe you aren't a real person at all. Hmmmm.


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