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A “Common Memory” Conference

Georges Erasmus, a respected Aboriginal leader from Canada, said, “Where common memory is lacking, where people do not share in the same past, there can be no real community. Where community is to be formed, common memory must be created.” If you look at the extent of our racial problems, especially in places like Baltimore, … Continue reading

Speaker links use of Native mascots in pro sports to dehumanizing references found in the Declaration of Independence

Nashville, TN – March 18, 2015 – Did you know that the Declaration of Independence refers to Native Americans as “merciless Indian Savages?” If you are like the vast majority of audiences Mark Charles has spoken to throughout the country the answer is “No.”
At 10 AM on Wednesday, March 18, Mark Charles (Navajo) will speak on the topic of Native American Mascots in professional sports at the College of Theology and Christian Ministry at Belmont University. Continue reading

A transition from Lament and Critique to a voice of Vision and Leadership

Ya’at’eeh. I recently changed the financial goal of our Crowd Funding Campaign from $170K to $500K. That is quite a big jump, and I thought it would be good to share with you why I raised it. For the past decade, we have been living on the Navajo reservation, and I have been writing and … Continue reading

The vision of 5 Small Loaves: Education / Conversation / Action

Recent events, such as the shooting in Ferguson, MO and the “Trail of Tears” banner displayed at an OSU football game, have demonstrated how much ground our nation has yet to cover in the area of race relations. Race, diversity and reconciliation is where 5 Small Loaves strives to be a source of education and … Continue reading

Nurturing a new conversation

Last week I was on a conference call with some colleagues from a Christian organization that I partner with. We were discussing an educational project we are working on regarding the long history of injustice against Native Americans by the United States government and the Christian church. During the discussion it became clear that some … Continue reading

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