Tanya Talaga: The debate over what exactly happened at last week’s Indigenous Peoples March misses the point. Whatever the order of events, First Nations people will see in the image of a white high school student confronting an Indigenous Elder in Washington, D.C. the callous indifference and disrespect that are constants of their experience.
There is a report produced by TYT News, with associated video, which presents yet another perspective which is worthy of exploring. It was that Nathan Philips approached the MAGA group and offered prayers with the focused intent of calming down tensions.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that the MAGA group wasn’t disrespectful on it’s face but rather what was happening had a wider context.
thank you. I can tell you because I know these boys, that if the members of the Native American delegation had approached these boys and TALKED with them, they could have made some friends, won over some advocates, and had peace. But no, because of the rampant prejudice and hate towards white people, they had to confront a 16 year old shy, awkward kid who had just marched with tens of thousands of other kids, as they have done in the same place at the same time for over 40 years. but NO they just HAD to have this media-op. I am SO angry at the Native Americans involved in this - not because they caused this outrageous untruthful narrative - but because they passed up a golden opportunity to gain friendships with a bunch of goofy guys who just happened to be white, who just happened to be born into Catholic families in Northern KY. They blew it. If they had JUST talked to them, believe me, these guys would have been won over to their cause. I don't know what's worse - their hubris and stupidity or their blind hatred and prejudice towards these kids. There is still a chance to salvage this situation though.. (keep in mind that we know this group tried to bust into our mass in the Shrine of the Immacuate Conception, so they cannot say these kids were being disrespectful.) IF Mr. Phillips were to apologize to the kids, and their parents, for confronting these kids in THEIR space where THEIR elders told them to be to catch their bus, for filming it, for editing it, for posting it and spreading the lies and filth and invective and vitriol and hate directed at US, THEN - and only then - will we be able to have a dialogue. These are good kids who will grow into for the most part, successful adults. They would be exactly the advocates the Native Americans could use. But not now, not under the circumstances proscribed by MR. Phillips. And when Native Americans say 'Oh, they HAVE to learn our ways! They HAVE to let us educate them! ' I just laugh because you know what, they don't. They simply don't . So the Native People who want change in their community better change how they approach this. Most of us white people are not the enemy. We love Native American culture (but would probably be called racist for that) and might put some in our homes and wear it for jewelry (but would probably be chastised for appropriating culture) and are sorrowful for the horrible things done to them (but would no doubt be met with scorn for not doing enough) and we want to learn more about them (but would probably be blown off because we are white). Up until now, my dream vacation is to go to the 4 corners or thereabouts to see the Navajo weavers. I know. Racist. I am so sorry for being white. These people have made me so angry by their untruthful actions and the absolute shitstorm that has resulted, I can hardly see straight. Thank you for trying to set the record straight.
Also, today on this day in 1870 occurred the Marias Massacre (also known as the Baker Massacre or the Piegan Massacre). It was a massacre of a friendly band of Piegan Blackfeet Native Americans on January 23, 1870, by the United States Army in Montana Territory during the Indian Wars. About 200 Native Americans were killed, mostly women, children, and elderly men. ”Of the 173 killed, only fifteen were what might be called fighting men, that is, men between the ages of 12 and 37 years. Ten were from 37 to 60 years, and eight additional were over 60-in all fifty-three. There were ninety women killed, fifty-five, or over one-half, of whom were over the age 40 years of age, and the remaining thirty five were between 12 and 40 years. Lastly, there were fifty children under 12 years of age killed; many of them in their parents arms.”
I grew up in Northern Kentucky as well as a blue-eyed Baptist Native American Half Breed and an army veteran. New what happened before the entire story came out because it's typical so what's happening all over Northern Kentucky there isn't a full-blooded card-carrying Native American anywhere in the state of Kentucky never been any reservations in the entire state of Kentucky where were the chaperones Covington Catholic let these boys down by not chaperoning them and treating this like it was a battle that they've come home from winning. if there wasn't a racism problem in Northern Kentucky Covington Catholic students wouldn't be putting black face on their faces attending pep rallies and Away basketball games. if they end up in Washington there will be no more discussion. and hiring a Lakota and to Apache Indians just support your cause is the most ridiculous insulting thing I've ever seen Nathan Phillips needs to be in Covington along with the Archdiocese and the students have cuff cath to get this thing resolved do some healing there is healing power in history.
What I heard Nathan Phillips say in the CNN interview was "I'm a Vietnam ERA veteran"