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.

See our updated coverage:

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

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metz
metz

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

Spelexilh
Spelexilh

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
Tejas Rob

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
1stNationgal

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
Archivarien

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.

Minatue
Minatue

Awesome! There is no way that this kid was not influenced by Nathan! Even the others! Did you see how they all settled down as they were grabbed by the spirit!

AndyM
AndyM

Fake News, this was outside the Lincoln Memorial during the March For Life, against child murder via abortion. Sad that the kids were disrespectful towards the mentally disturbed Native American, though this Native American March is still a lie.

djslurk
djslurk

I commend this man for remaining calm.

GHarvey
GHarvey

The arrogant little shit is not a Trump supporter. Little shithead socialist wearing a MAGA hat for attention.

Ddlfae
Ddlfae

Here's Uncle's site.show him some love

jlyounge557
jlyounge557

Okay, can someone please find out who organized this group of youth to show up?

jlyounge557
jlyounge557

Please block AndyM - I do not care to read malicious comments and I agree he must be a Troll.

tcox
tcox

Outrageous Trump Hitler youth-like fascists. I get why Trump favors Andrew Jackson while he's historically illiterate stating Jackson would have stopped the Civil War. Jackson, the author of the Trail of Tears (the greatest death toll outside of wars on our continent that exceeded 9-11 and Pearl Harbor combined and defied Supreme Court ruling) ordered the burning alive of Native American women and children in Mississippi. This created the animosity between Jackson and Davy Crockett.

weno
weno

Thank you to Nathan Phillips for sharing his wisdom and compassion. How can we best help further his teachings?

robroynz
robroynz

Call the Catholic school at 859-491-2247

Williwaws
Williwaws

His name is Michael Hodge and he lives in Villa Hills, Kentucky. The school is the typical white flight private school in a suburban community. It’s an all male, nearly totally white school. Scrolling through their website and twitter account I saw one African-American coach, three distinct African-American students, and two students who may be other than white. The school posts very limited demographic data and of course, none of it is on racial diversity. These are sheltered, entitled children of parents who fear anything other than what is similar to themselves. To assuage their guilt, they sprinkle in a few token non-white students. Schools like Covington Catholic are a microcosm of everything that is wrong with America.

Millgrist1
Millgrist1

Nathan Phillips is a real American hero.

Those racist punks from a bigoted school in Kentucky are beneath contempt, and deserve all the social condemnation they will get from this contemptible display of bigotry and disrespect

JacobFreeze
JacobFreeze

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

“People called me a baby killer and a hippie girl spit on me.”

HARHARHAR!!!

Native elder speaks with forked tongue!

It's also worth mentioning that the kid in the MAGA hat in this picture never says a word or makes a sound, although some others are chanting along with Mr. Phillips.

Skote1972
Skote1972

The administrators for Covington Catholic are: Michael Guidugli - Asst. Principal, Dean of Students - mguidugli@covcath.org; Anthony Zacghella - Asst. Principal, Dean of Academics - azechella@covcath.org; Robert Rowe - Principal - browe@covcath.org

SethP23
SethP23

Mr. Phillips has taught me in this video about focus, self control, compassion and love. I am thankful for this lesson and I hope those who mock him open their hearts and learn about compassion.

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wopaho
wopaho

These morons need their little disrespectful asses kicked.

JM_Firecloud
JM_Firecloud

Apparently they were on a school trip so name them and shame them: Covington Catholic High School: Principal Robert Rowe E-mail: browe@covcath.org Telephone: (859) 491-2247

Diocese of Covington: Phone: 859-392-1500 Email: info@covdio.org

Diocesan Board of Catholic Education Superintendent, Michael Clines: (859) 392-1500 E-mail: mclines@covdio.org

Assistant Superintendent, Karen McGuire E-mail: kmcguire@covdio.org

streamwalker
streamwalker

The elder was singing to him directly, there was obvious eye contact, and the kid stayed calm throughout, not changing his expression. I wonder what effect this will have on him. I'm betting that it will have an effect - that was strong medicine being given.

Wicksell
Wicksell

Was that kid born in America? Doesn't that make him, by definition... a Native? I mean I don't care who said what to who, or why... that's just some fake ass shit set in motion to keep us distracted, divided and indecisive... I just want to know... who are the Natives? We all, since the beginning of man's trek across the plains, through the tundra, over the straights and down the Andes have migrated... and conquered, enslaved, raped and murdered to get the lands we hold... But hey, I'm just a Hawaiian, who's land was stripped by blacks, whites, mexicans and indians, during Americas Colonialism days.

Wicksell
Wicksell