The whole story: Before and after video of Nathan Phillips, #MAGAyouth and more

Controversy is brewing over the incident, but videos provided to Indian Country Today by Kaya Taitano show a clear story

As social media has exploded over the weekend regarding the video-captured incident of Catholic High School students mocking Native American elder and Vietnam-era veteran Nathan Phillips, four videos provide to Indian Country Today by Kaya Taitano show a clear story of what happened prior, during and after the incident that has now been shared worldwide.

Nathan Phillips told Indian Country Today in an interview on Saturday that he had gone into the situation, then realized he might be in a precarious position once he stepped in between the crowds of people.

See related: An interview with Nathan Phillips on the #MAGAYouth incident

Video 1 of 4 - Indigenous Peoples March #MAGAyouth, Nathan Phillips and others

On Sunday, several media outlets reported that the mother of the Covington Catholic High School student who stood face to face with Nathan Phillips had blamed the incident on “Black Muslims” who were standing at the base of the Lincoln Memorial while the students were standing on the stairs. Others on social media stated the men identified themselves as “Black Israelites.”

For a brief moment at the beginning of the video, a priest is seen watching from behind the boys.

In an email to a Heavy.com reporter and article, the mother wrote in an email, “Shame on you! Were you there? Did you hear the names the people where calling these boys? It was shameful. Did you witness the black Muslims yelling profanities and video taping trying to get something to futher (sic) your narrative of hatred?? Did you know that this “man” came up to this one boy and drummed in his face? Shame on you. Only reporting what you want. More fake news.”

In the video, the interactions can be seen and heard. The men, since identified as “Black Israelites” say things like “We have angels around us,” and “This is what Makes America Great Again,” while pointing at the crowd of high school students.

The high school students continue to yell and scream and one boy removes his shirt as the excitement of the boys grows.

Nathan Phillips enters in between the crowd and the Black Israelites singing a prayer song, known as the AIM song.

Phillips told Indian Country Today he admitted that he didn't really realize what he had gotten into until he was in the middle of it.

He said, “What am I doing?” You know? But this is the commitment when I picked up the pipe 27 years ago. It's for the next generation. It’s when that moment comes and you got to stand your ground. That commitment that you made to either fulfill that or you don't. I mean, I was scared and I didn't want to. I really, I really didn't want to, but nobody else was.”

Video by Kaya Taitano provided to Indian Country Today.

Update: Further video footage found.

Video footage posted on the patheos blog site titled "LETTERS FROM THE EDGE OF ELFLAND" shows the four men yelling expletives to Indigenous people at the march telling them that "God took away their land" for worshiping animals and that the word "Indian means savage." They also insult Native elders, women and men.

The men who are described as "Black Israelites, call the high school students 'dirty ass crackers' - One of the men also asks when is the last time a non-white person had shot up a school.

The author of the site post, David Russell Mosely describes egregious behavior by the men in the video.

"The video begins with a group of men shouting a variety of racial slurs mixed with Bible passages announcing that God has judged America and that now is a time for hate. Roman Catholics are called out for being pedophiles and faggots. Native Americans are called out for worshipping eagles, phoenixes, buffalo, and the wind. Blacks, hispanics, and Native Americans are all told that they are not black, hispanic, or Natives, rather they are the “Children of Israel.” This term does not apply to the people currently living in Israel, those who call themselves Jews, or white people.

Soon these men begin calling the students “dusty crackers” and products of incest. Cue Nathan Philips and his group.

Philips can be seen from this new angle clearly walking between the two groups. What he knew or what he thought about the situation I don’t know."

Watch the lengthy video here

Video 2 of 4 - Indigenous Peoples March incident Nathan Phillips and #MAGAyouth

In the second video, already seen in parts or the whole by the world, and as described in the video, “Nathan Phillips continues to sing and pray, and this is when the high school student steps in front of Phillips and doesn't move.”

Video by Kaya Taitano provided to Indian Country Today.

Video 3 of 4 - Nathan Phillips and #MAGAyouth, a chaperone and more…

Nathan Phillips continues to sing and is joined by Quese IMC. Students continue to mock and sing along.

Video by Kaya Taitano provided to Indian Country Today.

Video 4 of 4 - Indigenous Peoples Day incident - Nathan Phillips says "Relatives"

Nathan Phillips calls everyone relatives even after the mockery. Shortly after this video, he shares his thoughts on a previously shared video.

Video by Kaya Taitano provided to Indian Country Today.

As previously reported, Nathan Phillips spoke after the incident, he said “these are indigenous lands, we never had walls,” in response to the “Build a Wall, Build a Wall” chants.

Jourdan Bennett-Begaye contributed to this report.

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Tejas Rob
Tejas Rob

“Nathan Phillips continues to sing and pray, and this is when the high school student steps in front of Phillips and doesn't move.”

That's a damn lie. The kid is just standing there and Nathan walks to him.

jimvan
jimvan

you liars. The indigenous man sought out and came right up to kids minding their own business. he moved right up into that kids face and didn't back down. total fakery and total bullsh*t from you. your are just another media lying shill outfit., all b/c those boys wore MAGA hats. If they had Pussy hats on... this guy would not have walked up to them for sure@!!

pinto1
pinto1

One more story to make the Indigenous look like the "good" victim and the Whites as the perps. Seriously people?? If that were a White Elder going into an Indigenous crowd to "prevent" things from escalating, there would be hell to pay and a great deal of mud slung at the White as being an interference with their protest. There is no need for an apology except from the Elder who was obviously baiting, even race baiting. It is all in their own blame/victim/race card playing perception. I did not hear or see the protestors being ignorant, racist or mocking even making racist remarks unlike the Indigenous protestors were doing to the Catholic boys as they do to most "Whites" which I have even encountered from some Indigenous. Many Aboriginals make hateful racist remarks against Whites and it is purely acceptable? This is inequality and totally BS!! I have watched the video over and over to make an equal observation and I have found that the news media and many Aboriginals have blown this out of proportion to their own favor. It is anyone's perception that the boys were taunting, chanting, smirking when in reality it was the elder who interfered and started banging his drum and chanting. Why is it that the Aboriginals are always seen as being the "good" guy and the Whites always seen as the perps. Whereas, in this instance, it is clear, as in many cases, the Aboriginal and his supporters should have minded their own damn business. There is too much of crap going on in favor of the Aboriginals. Our freedom is being eroded while dick - taters (like this elder & his supporters) who make it look like they are as pure as the driven snow. Yet there is a great deal amount of racism, and disrespect for Whites or anyone who is not Aboriginal while many Aboriginals expect and demand respect which many have yet to earn including this elder. Just because you are an elder does not give you the right to be ignorant and disrespectful which in turn gives you no rights to be respected!! Fudge!!!

pinto1
pinto1

Oh PLEEEEEAAAAASE!!!

Draykorinee
Draykorinee

“Nathan Phillips continues to sing and pray, and this is when the high school student steps in front of Phillips and doesn't move.”

Not what happened. He walks up to the boy and bangs a drum in his face.

This whole report is a nonsense.

Odinbear
Odinbear

MAGA HATS are the new WHITE HOODS. Make no mistake.

merv
merv

Nathan Phillips LIED, he is a disgrace to his cause and the US army should be ashamed of such an unscrupulous veteran. Nathan Philips is as vacuous as he is duplicitous, he exploited the media but he never considered the possibility of other video recordings implicating him.

Nishe100
Nishe100

Minding our own Damn business got us people like you. Why do think you deserve respect? For being white? Ain't white washing no more.

Kstickel85
Kstickel85

It isnr white washing to respect someone and you have inly yourself to blame for who you are and how you act. Cant blame anyone for that. Respect is a human thing doesn't matter what skin color you are. It is common sense. People in general deserves respect when it should be given. You think you deserve respect....by what you said it would seem not

Kender30
Kender30

This is garbage reporting. In none of the videos do you hear anything supporting the "build the wall" chants. You don't diffuse a situation by confronting the people who are having racial slurs and threats hurled at them. Phillips was out of line as he has been on many occasions. I understand that he is one of your identity politics intersectional hierarchy group and you want to protect him. I also respect the service he gave to our country. None of this excuses his actions or how he represented this to the media. He victimized the innocent. You are praising him for it. You should be ashamed.

Kender30
Kender30

@Nishe100. You are a racist bigot. You brought race into the conversation. Kstickel said EVERY human deserves respect, not white people deserve respect, not brown people, not green or blue people, ALL people deserve respect. What I would like to know is what made people like YOU? You and your words eliminate that respect. You are the "beast" Phillips described that child as. You should be ashamed of yourself.

ExWaCop85-90
ExWaCop85-90

This Native American Elder, a “Holder of the Pipe” has a recorded history of lying to support the leftist, socialist agenda. Do Native Americans no longer consider lying dishonorable? He lied while, as he stated, singing a song to his ancestors. Is that not dishonoring his ancestors, too? He lied about everything that took place, as proven by the numerous videos recorded during the incident. As a Elder representing the Native American tribes, he acted dishonorably. Do none of you feel shame at that? Will none of you speak out against that?

ICT
ICT

Well stated from a friend: "I posted about this when it first happened and I haven’t shared anything on my wall since but I’ve been participating in other people’s discussions and watching lots of videos, etc. I was going to spend time this morning writing up a longer version of what I’ve seen and my conclusions about it all when someone thankfully shared this and I realized I can share it and let this person do the summary instead. This is what I’ve seen.

I will say that the group this person doesn’t know how to identify is part of the fringe group of Black Hebrew Israelites and I have encountered this group at every march or rally I’ve been to in the last probably5-7 years. They are hate filled and angry - usually spewing anti-Semitic rhetoric about Jews not being the real Jews because they are The Real Jews! And they really don’t like anyone with white skin at all. They have been determined to be a hate group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the reason no one can say exactly who this group is is because they have different local groups all over and go by different names as part of a movement. I will point out that the kids’ mother who jumped to his defense after the fact said they were “Black Muslims” and I am going to say that her response was inherently racist and reflective of the MAGA mentality about black People and their fear of Muslims.

Beyond that I will add this... several people have tried to defend the kid in the standoff with “he was uncomfortable” and here is my response to that:

Discomfort is expressed in different ways and those ways are determined by and reflect who you are and who you believe you are in relation to the person or thing causing your discomfort. Humility defers to an elder who is not being aggressive or threatening by stepping aside and allowing passage. Arrogance postures, peacocks and stares down. This is what this boy did and it is consistent with the racist undertones and micro and macro aggressions shown by those who don the MAGA hat.

I would caution against allowing your gut’s first impression (always accurate even if not always expressed appropriately) to be silenced by your logic brain and the excuses and justifications that have been offered for the behavior of these children. It is inherently racist and offensive even in light of the greater context."

Cb9756
Cb9756

anonymouscommenter
anonymouscommenter

All people -- black, white, brown, native. -- really need to take a stand for the truth. There is so much untruth here. It is the lies that are tearing our nation apart.

Kljmullen
Kljmullen

I applaud the fact that you at least post different viewpoints of this story. But people are judging these kids based on headwear, skin color, and religion. They are judging them based on their response in a situation they did not understand and could not remove themselves from ( they were waiting for a bus to take them home to Northern KY, they kind of had to stay put). Do you even know where they are from? Do you even know Native American history of this area? If you did you would know there are no reservations, no nearby nations, Shawnee and Cherokee are at least a couple hundred miles away. Cain-Tuck-Ee. The dark and bloody ground where Native Americans would not live. Therefore, we do not have the tensions and activism hete that other areas of the country have. Furthermore, people here brag about Native American ancestry because there is a lot of it. My son's great great grandfather was a Blackfoot. The Native Americans living here are just people like anyone else. We have festivals where Native groups do their thing, people don't harass them. I think generally we respect Native Americans and Catholics certainly stand in solidarity with oppressed, displaced and impoverished people of all types and colors. I believe you are attributing to these boys thinking that is just outside of their knowledge base. They simply did not understand, pure and simple. They are boys who thought Mr. Phillips might be joining them in solidarity but then didn't know what was going on when he got up to the kid's face. THAT was confrontational. Is that a "thing" where you live? Does it have some meaning to you? All it means to us is someone trying to intimidate and these kids stood their ground. If you REALLY think they were disrespectful maybe Mr. Phillips shpuld contact the school and apologize for being intimidating and start a dialogue. It is never a bad thing when people get educated on reasons why they protest.

Monkeyjudge
Monkeyjudge

Atheism on all sides would clean this nonsense right up. Discover critical thinking, reasoning and science people. Every group in here bases their beliefs on myths and fairy tales. There is no empirical evidence to support a God of any sort. This is how bloodshed is spilled by the hands of the believers everywhere who have no clue how to believe in truth and reality. Stop with the Christians, Muslims, black groups, white groups, indians. This is all about "you must believe as I do or it will be necessary for me to kill you. This is what has been wrong with the human existence since it started. Everyone's angry because one side must be right and the other side must be wrong. It's all bullshit kids, so stop with the damn nonsense of it all. Atheism cures ALL forms of religious terrorism!

myAnthony
myAnthony

Just apologize to the kids already. Only the most idology-wracked hacks still believe the narrative you describe after see the Black Israelites full 2hr video.

Steven D R
Steven D R

"In the second video, already seen in parts or the whole by the world, and as described in the video, “Nathan Phillips continues to sing and pray, and this is when the high school student steps in front of Phillips and doesn't move.”

WRONG

The student in question is standing when Phillips walks up to him and doesn't move. I have replied in tweets so many times to Vincent Shilling and now I have to write a reply to share this

Why can't a story be revised when the facts come out?

I've read so many tweets calling for violence on this teenager and his family and twitter says its not against their policy on violence and won't remove them.

No. 26-30
Steinar Andersen
Steinar Andersen

I watched the original edited video when this first came out (I didn't know it was conveniently edited at the time I saw it... the videographer made no mention of editing either). I was so angry at the students as I thought they dishonored a proud native/american and Veteran (I was seething). And then this morning, the other shoe falls & videos started being posted online from different devices... and I found myself redirecting my anger to Mr Philips after watching the entire complete videos.

Watch the 2 video's put out by the Black Israelites (the actual racists who were insulting the kids AND native/americans 50 - 75 ft away). I don't believe you've seen the below video (and why the Black Israelites posted their racist videos, who knows as it exposes their behavior as racist... not the kids). Mr. Philips (who DID instigate this) should have stood up to the racists, he picked on the kids instead (they must have seem an easier target). He obviously wanted to make a point (he did this 4 years ago also, in Michigan I believe). He walked over 75 ft INTO the crowd of kids (who were on the stairs - waiting for a bus with the Priest at the top of the stairs... and who was trying to keep the kids grouped together).
Mr Philips kept pushing further in (forcing the issue and the kids obviously didn't know what to do considering Philips raised his drum and beat it in front the the kids faces). I am a Veteran, and Mr. Philips has brought shame to himself. He lied to the media (blaming the kids). The evidence is in the below video. I recommend you post a retraction & apologize to the kids, (and hold Mr. Philips accountable for making a mountain out of a molehill and literally lying that the kids surrounded and mocked him). He is a grown man, and should admit his mistake.

Monkeyjudge
Monkeyjudge

All religions are full of untruths...beginning with zero evidence to support their origins as anything but a fairy tale. If this had been an area full of Atheists, there never would have been a problem, that's why the history of the world has millions of deaths over who is right about their religion being the "truthful" one when they are all full of crap.

nothingbuttruth
nothingbuttruth

This story need sections of it corrected and out right retracted. If you watch the full unedited video, you see who the REAL racists are, and you also see that Mr Phillips got in the face of a kid who had no idea what to do. Why didnt he confront the racists? Because he said later there was "truth" to what they were saying!!! I guess hes ok then with them telling the Native Americans that they were savages, and they lost their land because they worship totem poles. Oh but by all means, thats nothing compared to a MAGA hat. More and more people are seeing this video everyday, seeing the truth and sharing it. BE HONEST.

Libertygirl777
Libertygirl777

The REAL racist/bigots/antangonists/aggressors in this event are those so-called "Black Hebrews"!!! WHY ISN'T ANYONE GOING AFTER THEM? Are they INVISIBLE?????

4TimesAYear
4TimesAYear

The boy did not step in front of Phillips. To the contrary, it was Phillips that went out of his way to approach the boys, and ultimately beat his drum in that boy's face. Sandmann was standing still. Watch the entire video.