Nathan Phillips responds to investigative report on Covington student’s behavior

Nathan Phillips: “I stand by my original observation that the situation seemed potentially dangerous”

In the wake of an investigative report issued by Greater Cincinnati Investigation, Inc., — the investigative company hired by the Covington Catholic Diocese to investigate the incident that occurred at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2019, between Covington Catholic high school students, Native American participants of the Indigenous People’s March, to include Nathan Phillips and Black Hebrew Israelites — Nathan Phillips has issued a public statement.

The statement came to Indian Country Today via email from Daniel Paul Nelson of the Lakota People’s Law Project.

The official statement is as follows:

In response to the "independent" investigative report issued today by Greater Cincinnati Investigation, Inc., retained by Dressman, Benzinger, Lavelle (DBL LAW) on behalf of the Covington Diocese and Covington Catholic High School, Indigenous Peoples March and Native rights activist Nathan Phillips, says:

“I stand by my original observation that the situation seemed potentially dangerous and that I felt a spiritual call to sing between the two groups as a peacemaker. I ask everybody to remember what we all saw—students performing a culturally-appropriated ‘school chant’ and the tomahawk chop just feet away from me on that fateful day. That this racially insensitive behavior is still widely seen in America in 2019 does not make it okay—and, from my perspective, it was disrespectful, racially charged and harmful. I remain hopeful that we, as a nation, can all learn a better way to treat one another from this incident.”

As previously reported, Lakota People's Law Project Lead Counsel and Indigenous Peoples March organizer Chase Iron Eyes said “It’s unsurprising to us that an investigative team hired by a law firm at the behest of the school and diocese would fail to hold the students accountable for their behavior that day—or to hold the parents and guardians accountable for what they enabled.”

"This is a time to reiterate Nathan’s call for prayer, peace with justice and forgiveness,” stated Iron Eyes.

See Related: Investigation calls Covington students at Lincoln Memorial incident ‘remarkably consistent’

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Candice Sue
Candice Sue

Nathan is a whining squaw

Candice Sue
Candice Sue

You decrease your credibility by supporting this liberal imbecile

nofrills
nofrills

Ok he had his 5 minutes of false fame! When will the indian nation stand up and deny this liar?

JackBilly71TL
JackBilly71TL

Yep....a "lawyer" prepared statement by Iron Eyes, Esq. Another character with his own set of personal issues he carries. I am shocked the kids were not all yelling "This is MAGA country". (ref: Smollett hoax).

David Odell
David Odell

Watch carefully. I predicted the church would use this as a way to propagandize whatever they needed, and here we are, suing the Wa Po, and Justice Thomas, (compromised from the beginning) who did not speak aloud in the court until just after the death of Scalia, joins the fray, all in the curious timing to bury the news reports about the sex abuse council happening. In addition, they are going after libel laws to protect the church and demagogues. Filing a lawsuit against Wa Po for the exact purchase price, is a arrogant move. The militant faction of the church has made allies with Trump and the evangelicals. So, the Christian Right are circling the wagons around the Doctrine of Discovery. All this, just after AMI was caught threatening and blackmailing Bezos. The church enjoyed decades of silence on behalf of media, regarding their rampant issues with sex abuse, and the gloves are now off. It is an open admission of owning the SCOTUS now that Gorsuch and Kavanaugh have joined the helplessly owned Thomas. The surface crap, is just a rallying cry for the 'soldiers of christ" to further dig their nails into our judicial system.