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Chakotay, (2329-) a character in the fictional Star Trek universe, played by Robert Beltran, was the commander of the Starship Voyager in the science fiction television series Star Trek Voyager. Chakotay was a Maquis Captain of his own ship and crew. This vessel was destroyed after both it and Voyager were transported to the Delta Quadrant. Chakotay joined Voyager's crew as second in command, serving under Captain Kathryn Janeway and accepting the field rank of Commander. He attended Starfleet Academy from 2344-2348.

As a boy, Chakotay resented his Native American tribe's and father Kolopak's backwater traditions and spirituality and dreamed of entering Starfleet Academy, which he finally managed at 15, under the guide of Captain Sulu. When his home planet of Dorvan was destroyed by Cardassians with all but Starfleet's permission, however, he left Starfleet for the Maquis, embraced the heritage of his ancestors and had a conspicuous tattoo done above his left eye, remembering in that manner his late father.

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