Outrage as non-Native youth wearing #MAGA hats taunt and disrespect Native elder

Nathan Phillips, Omaha, is a Vietnam-era Veteran who hosts a sacred pipe ceremony at Arlington, was taunted in D.C.

Native Twitter has gone ablaze as a Native American elder singing the AIM Song in Washington DC during the Indigenous Peoples March was ridiculed, taunted and mocked by a group of non-Native youth.

The video, which was posted by YouTube account holder KC NOLAND, was also screen captured and shared on other social media accounts with views shortly gaining tens of thousands of views.

The elder is Nathan Phillips, an Omaha elder who is also a Vietnam-era Veteran and former director of the Native Youth Alliance. He is also a keeper of a sacred pipe and holds an annual ceremony honoring Native American veterans in the Arlington National Cemetery.

Phillips is also the subject of a previous racially-based incident when he was taunted and harassed by Eastern Michigan University students who were dressed stereo-typically as Native Americans. As reported in FOX 2 News, he was yelled at and hit by a thrown beer can.

In a previous interview with Phillips, he told Indian Country Today that the Vietnam era was not easy as a marine. “People called me a baby killer and a hippie girl spit on me.”

Indian Country Today does not have further details, but will report as more details emerge.

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323 Responses

  • konawoman

    Jan 19, 2019

    Nathan Phillips from my heart I apologize to you for the ignorance and disrespect shown you by these uneducated,ill-mannered spawn of American Education, and poor parenting.

  • wepunkwteme

    Jan 19, 2019

    There sports team page takes comments ...

  • jd_sfo1947

    Jan 19, 2019

    Just sent mail to their principal: Bob Rowe, Principal Covington Catholic High School 1600 Dixie Highway Park Hills, KY 41011

  • riobravo

    Jan 19, 2019

    Ignorant of history and disrespectful in evidence here. These snowflakes follow like sheep.

  • banditfrog

    Jan 19, 2019

    I have to first say that although I did not vote for Trump, I do support a lot of the things he is doing and do not agree with others. I was adopted into a native family. I respect all cultures that call for peace and understanding that we are all created by one being. The actions of these students is reprehensible. For the adults to condone this, shame on them. I was raised that all people are God's creation and to NEVER place myself above another. The responses on twitter grouping ALL "MAGA" as racist and filthy is just as wrong as saying all liberals are insane. This is what is dividing this great country. Respect for culture, love for our fellow man, and the willingness to find compromise is sorely missing from our world. We are made to be different but to claim one above another is what will destroy us in the end. Reach out, shake your neighbor's hand and start a conversation. And please, leave hatred out of your hearts. May the Creator bless and keep you.

  • metz

    Jan 19, 2019

    I would of beat that mtf to a pulp, prick!!

  • Spelexilh

    Jan 19, 2019

    Just goes to show how entitled they feel and sad to say the reflection of their upbringing 🤦🏽‍♀️ smh so it’s not just blatant disrespect on the elder, but on his parents and grandparents as well

  • Tejas Rob

    Jan 19, 2019

    These look like school age children. Why were there no elders with them to teach them respect? Did they just show up on their own? I don't really know exactly what is going on there.

  • 1stNationgal

    Jan 19, 2019

    This young man makes me very upset. This is an elder (one whom is looked up to by living honorably.) and you never treat an elder as this ignorant kid just did. Shame on you and the others who laughed, did tomahawk chop, and sang the stereotype song. Let’s make this viral. These social media posts can follow someone to family, jobs, and more. Also let’s flood letters to the school. Anyone that took part in this should be required to do something to pay the elder back via doing something to show respect to him. Mail letters Bob Rowe, Principal Catholic High school, 1600 Dixie HWY, Park Hills, KY 41011

  • Archivarien

    Jan 19, 2019

    No wonder these young people are ignorant. Their ancestors sold-out their cultural heritage(s) in the name of capitalism and manifest destiny. That does NOT excuse their disrespectful behaviour, though.

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