Saturday, January 19, 2019
Footage of teenagers mobbing a Native American man and his companions at Friday's Indigenous Peoples March is sparking outrage. In the video, the man -- identified by Indian Country Today as Omaha elder Nathan Phillips -- is seen singing and drumming with fellow marchers while encircled by chanting teens, many of whom are wearing President Trump's Make America Great Again apparel. One youth pointedly stands directly in front of Phillips, smirking. The teens are thought to be students of Kentucky's Covington Catholic High School, which dispatched students to Washington D.C. for the anti-abortion March for Life, which was also held Friday. A representative for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the diocese is "just now learning about this incident and [regrets] it took place," and that they are "looking into it."
Phillips is a veteran of the Vietnam War, and he organizes an annual ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in honor of his fellow Native vets. "I heard them saying, 'build that wall, build that wall,'" Phillips was filmed saying in another video, presumably taken after the crowd around him dispersed. "You know, this is indigenous land," he said, wiping away tears.
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