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

Vincent Schilling

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.

See our updated coverage:

The Nathan Phillips incident: A long day of worldwide news and a school apology

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Tejas Rob
Tejas Rob

Well, I'm sure I'll be attacked for this because the outrage machine has already chosen sides, but in my opinion both sides here were wrong.

Mr. Phillips broke away from the march and approached these kids, he was wrong to do that but these kids were still very disrespectful.

In my opinion Mr Phillips was also wrong in his interview when he said "we didn't have walls", which is generally true but the tribes did have their own territory and other tribes were to respect that territory and not come onto it without permission. So we did have borders which we expected others to respect. You could pay a heavy price if you did not.

So Mr. Phillips should know this and understand why people expect their borders and territory to be respected. He should also know sometimes this territory was took by force by one tribe from another. None of us in all humankind are innocent when it comes to that.

But these kids should be taught that sometimes tribes shared land and allowed other tribes to pass when it involved feeding themselves or escaping to a safer place.

So while I think Mr Phillips is a good man and was trying to do something good, he went about it in the wrong way and instead forced a confrontation. He should have asked the people who were in charge of these kids if he could speak to them and try to have a conversation. I think he missed a chance to teach the younger generation or at least have them hear a respectful but different point of view.

And to be clear, I do not excuse what these young men did. I hope there can still be a learning moment for them from this.

StacyeK
StacyeK

I watched the vid. I can tell those kids are not culturally aware of the native practices. Judging by their response it all looks rather silly. The problem is how they responsed to what they are seeing and hearing. Some join in singing, some dance too but because of their ignorance about whats happening their response is without a doubt very inappropriate and disrespectful. The real problem is not those students but the inherent discriminatory attitudes and prejudices toward native Americans that have been handed down from previous generations. Its shameful behaviour to say the least but the shame is shared with their parents, families, school teachers, communities, the Cathlolic Religion and last but not least, the United States of America. #tolerance #acceptance #goodwilltoallpeople #education #basicvalues

JackBilly71TL
JackBilly71TL

The FAULT is upon the Event organizers (Chase Iron Eyes), event officials, Public Safety and/or possibly security. Where were the much celebrated "water protectors" especially when Chase Iron Eyes was conjuring up the "Spirit of Standing Rock"? Standing Rock was not peaceful picnic at the fault AGAIN of the Main Organizer to Standing Rock -Barack Obama Administration. Standing Rock should never have happened but due to inaction, it was created and grew legs to where another POTUS had to shut it down and move onward.

Red C
Red C

No disrespect seen by the kids. The elder activist confronted THEM, while they were minding their own business, broke away from the march. They said and did nothing racist or demeaning, just danced and tried to chant along, or stood silently in their discomfort and tried to have a good time in spite of not knowing just how to react to a grown man approaching them whose culture they were not part of. Bullying and hating on these kids by the leftist agenda divisive SJWs at ICTMN is the abuse here. And I am native.

Red C
Red C

No disrespect seen by the kids. The elder activist confronted THEM, while they were minding their own business, broke away from the march. They said and did nothing racist or demeaning, just danced and tried to chant along, or stood silently in their discomfort and tried to have a good time in spite of not knowing just how to react to a grown man approaching them whose culture they were not part of. Bullying and hating on these kids by the leftist agenda divisive SJWs at ICTMN is the abuse here. And I am native.

mjschilder
mjschilder

WARNING to all Americans; WAKE-UP CALL! ... they call this fascist sect of Christianity "Dominionism" - their ideology & plan for NWO is called the "Seven Mountain Mandate " ...look it up -- aka - "7-M Mandate" ... basically White Supremacy in the "Name of God" - [what else is new on this messed up 'White Imperialism' misguided planet ?] .... They (Christian Evangelical Dominionists) plan on taking over our government ... Vice President Mike Pence is a Dominionist [their latest 'Religious Freedom' anti-lynching law' wants to exclude LBGTQ community] ... Really nice humans - the kind you want for neighbors.... PLEASE spread the 'word' - I fear for all of us! They base their beliefs off teachings of [now deceased] J.R. Rushdooney [sexist, racist, classist, believes in slavery, it's o.k. to lynch LBGTQ] ... basically everything evil about humans they teach in Kentucky where one of these elder Christian Dominionist spent millions taxpayer money to build a life sized "Noah's Ark" ... (can't make this up) ... these people are insane & a danger to all our freedom [PLEASE: learn about their "7-M Mandate" -- very scary; they call Evangelical Dominionists the "Christian Taliban"

mjschilder
mjschilder

this mentality came from the teachings of J.R. Rushdooney; White Males shall hold Dominion over all the Earth ... They intend to turn the United States & all other countries under the rule of a Christian Theocracy - "One Nation, One World, Under God" (these are very bad men; sexist, racist, believe in the Book of Genesis (literally) -e.g., "God made woman from Adam's rib to serve him" -slavery is accepted, & LBGTQ are sinful. Noah's Ark is in Williamstown, Kentucky - planned to be the epicenter in the USA for this Christian New World Order [they used public tax dollars to build] ...

onlygirl
onlygirl

The elder demanded that boys attention, and the boy stood there and willingly gave it. The elder made him a part of it and the boy accepted by respectfully giving his attention to the elder. My sons who are half native would have done the exact same thing. Honestly to me it looks like the kids were enjoying it and the elder made them a part of it. I guess people want to find something to be offended about. There is nothing wrong with making america great again either. His hat is just a hat.

138Mizvits
138Mizvits

Wow so sad that "Child" was nothing but a disrespectful punk

JWolfe
JWolfe

As a K-12 Catholic school graduate and parent of children in Catholic schools today, I would be beyond incensed if these were my kids or if this was their school. I recommend letting this school know how you feel about the absolutely abhorrent behavior of their students. Covington Catholic High School 1600 Dixie Highway Park Hills, KY 41011 P (859) 491-2247 The local diocese might like to hear about your feelings, too. Address: 1125 Madison Ave, Covington, KY 41011 Phone: (859) 392-1500

MariahM.
MariahM.

Arrogant, smug, little bastard!!

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Yokwyk
Yokwyk

Starting at 2:10 in the video two unintelligible comments are made by boys in the crowd. To which a woman in the crowd ( @ 2:23 ) scolds the boys by saying; " You guys are acting like a mob, that's what's going on F**king mob mentality, it's awesome because you guys are what, like 16 ? How old are you ? " [ The expression on her face, tells it all. ] Followed by more (what I found to be unintelligible) yelling by the boys.

Those trying to defend these brats, ( and by inference, " the absent Adult Supervision" ) You're trying to put lipstick, on a pig.

Quad
Quad

How about you tell Nathan Phillips to get that out of other peoples faces. He aggressively inserted himself into this situation and now you've painting him as the victim? How was he victimized, by being smiled at? LOL

Sassy2020
Sassy2020

There was no #MAGA mob hounding a Native American Mult Native Americans instigated an incident walking into a peaceful group of kids & taunting one chanting & drumming inches fm his face No one said "Build the Wall" & if anything That kid deserves a peace medal

Sassy2020
Sassy2020

Talk about an ugly mob mentality! Every gullible fool believes the B.S that those boys started it when it was those so-called adults who started harassing those boys! Talk about being extremely backwards and ignorant!

Orxiii
Orxiii

The name of the kid in front is Michael Hodge. They had a post about him on their FB page, saying he wants to be a chef and plans to go to Cincinnati State next year. Cincinnati State Admission: (513) 861-7700 adm@cincinnatistate.edu Their School: Covington Catholic High School Principal: Robert Rowe browe@covcarh.org (859) 491-2247 Fax (859) 448-2242 Their Diocese: Diocese of Covington 1125 Madison Ave. Covington, KY 41011-3115 (859) 392-1500 Email: info@covdio.org Diocesan Board of Catholic Education Superintendent: Michael Clines (859) 392-1500 Email: mclines@covdio.org Assistant Superintendent: Karen McGuire Email: kmcguire@covdio.org

tabbuttkm
tabbuttkm

This was at the Indigenous Peoples' March, correct? Why was that group of pro-Trumpers there in first place? It seems like the only reasonable explanation for a group of people to rally together under a politicized banner during the Indigenous Peoples' March is to either show support for the cause or to counter it... I don't want to jump to conclusions, but I don't see non-native "nativists" (otherwise referred to as "nationalists") supporting Indigenous rights... so I can only assume that their purpose was as a counterpoint to the March, thereby necessarily making them hostile to the cause...

Edit: it was pointed out to me that these kids were at a pro-life rally, the timing and placement of the pro-life rally still seems suspect... ultimately the existence of the question of the issue itself is representative of the racial biases, subtle and blatant racism and Euro-American nationalistic (imperialistic) ideology that has served Trump and pervades much (most? - I'll avoid using the superlative "all" to be safe) of those who support him and his politics of division and derision.

JacobFreeze
JacobFreeze

So this is a site for anonymous haters who don't even have the balls to post under their own names, and all of them are so fucking stupid they can't even see that it's the professionally pitiful Mr. Phillips who forces a confrontation, and the kid in the MAGA hat never moves or speaks much less harasses Mr. Phillips anywhere on the whole video! But just for existing, just for standing his ground, the COWARDLY anonymous mob on this site tries to shame him with a bogus charge of racism!

SHAME on all of you, and SHAME on the unprincipled little website that hosts this garbage!

JacobFreeze
JacobFreeze

Now here's a video where you can clearly see that it's Phillips who walks into the group of boys who weren't anywhere near him and his friends, and it's the professionally pitiful Mr. Phillips who brings a couple of cameramen with him while he provokes the scene. And once again, the kid in the MAGA hat never moves or speaks or makes a sound much less harasses Mr. Phillips. But now the haters on this site want to ruin his life for just standing there!

Shattuckman
Shattuckman

For centuries our Catholic AND Protestant Christian religious institutions have, over-and-over-again, destroyed indigenous peoples AND children of all races throughout the world. As a Catholic, I, personally, EXPECT "exceptualism" from the Church that Christ intended for the world -- yet, it is obvious that evil actions exist within the Church (including all the way to "within" the Vatican). Here we are in the 21st Century, yet the evil attitudes and actions just keep proliferating. Poor Church teachings, poor Church leadership (including poor leadership from the Vatican)!!! Poor examples to our youth. Now "what is Covington" actually going to do about this? Such "Statements" as Covington has just released mean absolutely NOTHING. The Church Crisis continues and broadens to even more overtly include various forms of racism and bigotry, as well as disrespect AND abuse of elders and veterans, as well as so many others (including the poor of America and the world). Covington needs to teach the TRUTH of God's words and expectations and desires for ALL the peoples of the world. AND BTW: The so-called chaperones did NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING. Therefore, In addition to student expulsion, If there were any teachers or administration employees attending, then they, too, need to be investigated an possibly or probably terminated from their employment. What is more, Covington should teach an intensive and TRUTHFUL course(s) on the Church's treatment and destruction of the Indigenous People and children of the Americas (North, Central, and South America) -- and then, finally, teach and challenge your students to work "from this day forward" to respect and assist all peoples of the world. Christ is watching -- what are YOU doing?

nts
nts

And what about some of the students that weren't involved with these confrontational idiots standing in the elder's face? They were called white filth. Some were spit at. It sounds like many are taking up the message of anti-white hatred that Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge sells.

At another time they were told "You white people go back to Europe, this is not your land." Now people are calling for all of the students who were present there to be suspended. Essentially calling for their lives to be ruined. A shared hatred for white people no matter who they are.

TrishL
TrishL

Email address * trishstew@gmail.com Your Name Patricia Lambert Your Message * Greetings to you Nathan Phillips Today I watched your courage and steadfastness under attack from a large group of ignorant young people , mostly of my race. I was moved by your courage, and by your spiritual maturity . In the face of taunts and lots of negative young energy, you stood fast and thus inspired and strengthened the rest of your group. I have pointed to the example you set, to inspire others , The young man who faced you , surely felt the power of your prayer and deep inside will be reliving the sensations he felt, and hopefully learnt from. I want you to know I have written to the boys' the school Principal, the Parents group, and the Catholic Bishop of Covington, to express my concerns, and ask that they they make personal apologies and institute a program to raise awareness of indigenous culture and issues. From across the water in Aotearoa New Zealand, a white Grandmother sends you respect and love.
Thankuou Nathan for upholding the good. Arohanui ki a koe e Koro.

richardmc
richardmc

I am so so sorry this happened to Mr. Phillips

stephieg1969
stephieg1969

This is horrible, disrespect and idiotic. Speaks tons to the entitlement of this generation. Do they not know? Do they not care? Native people were the first and true Americans. We are just visitors here. Maybe, the native people should have built a wall to keep us out..What truly scares me is that is our future standing in their stupid hat, trying to intimidate an elder. Not just a native person, but also an elder person. Just can't articulate my feelings about this.

sampsonnite
sampsonnite

Great how they lie about the young adults wear the hats in support of MEGA and President Trump. Never once did they approach the man that was Drumming his drum. No in fact the man walked into the crowd drumming his drum in people face. Kinda like how antifa fascist group use loud horns to annoy and to cause stress onto people. Hate will always find its way into all things good to attempt to destroy what is of good.

Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk

Time to TAX the Catholic Church since it thinks it is acceptable to use children to push a political agenda that is anti-woman and anti-choice. If they want to play politics then let them pay the same price that any other lobby pays. TAX THE Catholics NOW. This video should be Exhibit A.

JacobFreeze
JacobFreeze

"HATE HOAX: Native American Activist Approached Chanting Covington Catholic Teens, Got In Their Faces"

Newly surfaced video shows Native American activist was not "surrounded" by #CovingtonCatholic students but instead approached them from afar. pic.twitter.com/brHMYpBUJC

www.informationliberation.com/?id=59696

Boozhoo
Boozhoo

What infuriates me most is the ignorance of that boy, the ignorance of the parents and chaperones, the ignorance of people that just stood by, and the ignorance of all those that do not recognize that song, it’s history and meaning to those who sang it, where and why.

In the Native community when that song is sung it is a prayer, an anthem and everything and everyone stops. Hats without eagle feathers are taken off, children are kept still, people gather and remember...

I ask all Natives, drummers, singers to sing that song, tell it’s story so everyone can know why this hurts so much and the song can be healed

danielle oakes
danielle oakes

browe@covcath.org - Email of Rob Rowe the principal at covington catholic high school

Marmot
Marmot

A full video of this incident shows that Nathan Phillips was a little sparse with the truth. Okay, he made it up big time. It appears that the high school kids did little wrong.

You've been conned.

TexasRedSmith
TexasRedSmith

Ahh, they think they are real cute and funny; but these boys really wouldn't want to play Cowboys and Indians today... and that's the truth. Sadly if they are already so awash in this cesspool of hate, that they are clearly perpetuating; they may never learn to respect and appreciate people of all walks of life. And you can quote me on that. With my gleaming white ass... I'm sorry that is messed up and I will never look the other way on things like this. Age is wisdom. This is a man, so wise, he knows more in life than the lot of them.

Btrflyphnx
Btrflyphnx

the boy isn't accustomed to native american culture, and behaved well when N.Phillips meander into this group waiting for their bus home. There is video proving N.Phillips got in the boy's face space. The so called smirk on the boy, says to me "what the heck is this guy doing?"

crocket
crocket

As a Vietnam Combat Veteran I say that being a Vietnam Veteran alone should be enough to demand respect.

babalon0071
babalon0071

Mr. Phillips was looking for his five minutes of fame and he got it! Unfortunately for him it shows he was the instigator and completely contradicts everything he said!

Fitz52
Fitz52

Phillips story is as fake as his claim to be a Marine Vietnam Vet. He's a fake vet! His published age is 63-64, and he would have been 18 in 1973. A Detroit Free Press article states that “Phillips said he grew up in an abusive home, started working on construction and lumber jobs, and then joined the Marines, serving in the Vietnam War.” The math does not add up. Here’s what the Marines were doing in Vietnam in 1972, from “U.S. Marines In Vietnam: The War That Would Not End, 1971-1973”. “By July 1971, less than 500 U.S. Marines, mostly advisors, communicators, and supporting arms specialists remained in Vietnam.” https://archive.org/stream/TheWarThatWouldNotEnd/TheWarThatWouldNotEnd_djvu.txt I was a combat Medic in Vietnam, and I don't know many vets that would not like to bitch slap this shit-bird. We lost alot of brothers in arms over there, and we keep getting these attention seeking whores who lie about being combat vets. He's been vetted and there is no doubt this punk is a fake.

Kljmullen
Kljmullen

They arent awash in a cesspool of hate. They are boys...young men...with a lot of testosterone and brains with frontal lobes that are rewiring. So temporarily insane. I raised 3 and had to drag them all to the scenes of their misdeeds to make them right many times. One of them graduated from CovCath too so I know a thing or 2 about this. Who of you has NEVER done something insensitive or stupid as a teenager. I thank God twitter wasn't around when I was a kid. Ironic this was the hot news on Martin Luther King day. I mean, it is almost as if people are judging these kids based on their headwear, the color if their skin, and their religion. And before people go on about how entitled they are let me say that most Catholic parents sending their kids to these schools are middle class people who sacrifice a lot to pay tuition. While paying public school taxes for schools they do not use. Plus has anyone even considered how "out of their wheelhouse" this situation was? They are from Kentucky and what makes Kentucky different from all the other states?????.........

Madam Vonkook
Madam Vonkook

Nathan Phillips is a liar!Mr.Phillips targeted these boys and went up the the one boy and put the drum in his face ...Prior to Mr Nathan (The Native American Elder)going up to the children waiting for their school bus ....The Black Hebrew Israelites were yelling vulgar racist insults and even directed the insults to the two black children in the group.The Black Hebrew Israelites were saying homophobic slurs and these children even defended two spirit people!These boys started chanting their highschool chant to drowned out the vulgar hatred .When Nathan Phillips first approached the boys though he was on their side and started dancing.Mr.Nathan Phillips claims he is vetran but I have yet to be able to confirm this !It is one thing when someone does something wrong but this narrative that these boys did anything wrong is an out right lie !The Truth matters!

Darns
Darns

Do you have any evidence for any of your claims? Otherwise you just sound stupid. You are merely stating your opinion. The video does not lie, and clearly shows how these kids were mocking him. You are drawing at straws right now. So much for your truth matters or respect for veterans.

crocket
crocket

Why are we not hearing about the Black Hebrew Israelites who were there mocking him AND the students?

Rezmerize
Rezmerize

HEY MEDIA... NOW THAT WE HAVE YOUR ATTENTION WE HAVE 1000'Z OF MISSING / MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN THAT NEED TO BE LOOKED INTO THAT THE GOVERNMENT WONT SHINE THE LIGHT ON AS BRIGHT AS NATHAN PHILLIPS (WHO DEFLECTED HATE BETWEEN TWO OTHER GROUPS) PLEASE SHINE THE LIGHT AND LETS TALK ABOUT OUR WOMEN BEING GONE MISSING AT THE HIGHEST NUMBER IN THE WORLD. WITH ZERO ANSWERS AND ZERO ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Haniel Asherah
Haniel Asherah

The propaganda bots are out in force, I see. Just like on Twitter, they post nonsensical tripe that is extremely polarizing. Go to sites Where they know they will simply stir up trouble and emotions. To disrupt and try to intimidate others from sharing their opinions. Just ignore them. It must be lonely outside of the echo chamber.

I don't care What Mr. Phillips was doing. He is an ELDER. An ADULT of an age that deserves their unquestioning respect, based on that fact alone. When he is coming their way, they are to get OUT of the way. FULL stop. THAT is how children who were raised with manners and respect behave. Not like a bunch of out-of control hoodlums who were raised to behave like animals. You 'don't like his drum in your face"? Then move your damn face! You are a CHILD he is an ADULT. Give way. RESPECT.

Simples! 😁

ANYONE with a brain can see the disrespect. No further "tape" nor "explanation" needed. IF you were raised with manners and taught to respect your elders.

The excuses being made for these kids are laughable, hypocritical and sad all at the same time. To even suggest that a teenager deserves the same respect as an adult male is just hilarious, and insulting on its face.

Above everything else, WHERE WERE THE CHAPERONES??? The people who should have been ultimately responsible? I never saw them. A "school trip" without chaperones? These, for the most part, were underage CHILDREN. Behaviorally, they are obviously children. Where were the chaperones? Why isn't that question being answered?

There is also a tape from that day of them yelling "slts!" and "whres!" at girls who were there for the women's march. Where were the chaperones?

And why is a school sponsoring children attending a religious based, wedge-issue "march" wearing matching (I love that part) extreme right-wing propaganda gear? And what exactly does chanting "build that wall" have to do with a pro forced-birth propaganda march?

https://medium.com/@robhat/identifying-propaganda-bots-on-twitter-5240e7cb81a9

Snowbear
Snowbear

In my opinion this incident has been blown way out of all proportion, and media have been having a field day with pitting an Elder against a bunch of stupid catholic kids where no one got hurt anyway, and shouldn't of even made a news headline of it. The whole thing is crazy to me. Just leave the Elder alone because he is an Elder and deserves our respect. If his tribe has an issue with him they will deal with it, but it is between him and his people.

Flybum
Flybum

Truth matters. The recordings speak for themselves. Get caught in one lie and credibility is shot. Nathan Phillips is a proven liar who steals valour. There is no honour in that.

Truthkeeper
Truthkeeper

If click on below link for Lisa Sharon an organizer who attended Indigenous March and in she refer down in her article that white woman calls the boy acting like a mob.

Video 2:01 mark

Then now within this article tells you KC Noland filmed.. click on KC Noland

Takes you to you tube... Click this first film from indigenious rally...

Who do you see but the white women speaking who made remark about the boys being a mob. She obviously followed up with Nathan Phillips to the boys

Video showing

Wonder why that is important because of Nathan calling the boys beast and saying the mob of boys were scary.

This is clearly a shows this was to gain national attention by focusing on the disrespectful action of targeted " white privilege" kids against Native elder.

No better way than to target MAGA hat wearing teens to gain sympathies from liberals filed with hate for Trump.

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macblackwolf
macblackwolf

Old news, put this story to bed. Let Mr. Phillip's have his dignity.

IHaveNoFilter
IHaveNoFilter

In my opinion wearing the MAGA hate was disrespectful. I'm a white female. The whites are the Invaders. Even in my own opinion this country rightfully belongs to the Native American people. As you can probably guess, my opinion isn't very popular.


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