A Conversation for Reconciliation - A Public Reading of the US Apology to Native Peoples
On December 19, 2012 I had the privilege of hosting a Public Reading of the Apology to Native Peoples of the United States in front of the US Capitol in Washington DC. This apology was buried in H.R. 3326, the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act. It was signed by President Obama on Dec. 19, 2009 but was never announced, publicized or read publically by either the White House or the 111th Congress.
It was an honor to stand in front of our Nation's Capitol, with a diverse group of citizens, and communicate the "Apology to Native Peoples of the United States" to our elders, to Native communities and, to all US citizens throughout the United States. I am DEEPLY grateful to everyone to supported and encouraged this event and especially to those who were able to attend and stand with me in person. Ahe'hee.
- Public Reading of the US Apology to Native Peoples (November 17, 2012)
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Summary of DC19Apology Event:
On December 19, 2012 we are hosting a public reading of the 2010 Department of Defense appropriations bill (H.R. 3326). Page 45 of this 67 page bill contains an apology to Native Americans on behalf of the citizens of the Unites States. This apology has never been clearly communicated to 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.
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Ya'at'eeh. My name is Mark Charles.
I do not lead an organization nor do I work solely for a specific group, ministry or church.
I am merely the son of an American mother (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo father who is living on our Navajo Reservation and trying to understand the complexities of our country's history regarding race, culture and faith so that I can help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for our people.
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