Native Elder Nathan Phillips In Viral Video With High School Students

Native Elder Nathan Phillips In Viral Video With High School Students

Posted By Paul G January 19th, 2019 Last Updated on: January 6th, 2020

A video from Washington DC has gone viral today.  In just a few hours the video already has over 1 million views on Youtube.  Also included below is a video showing the entire incident, almost 2 hours unedited.

The video was recorded during the Indigenous People's March on January 18, 2019 by KC Noland.

The Omaha elder, Nathan Phillips, was singing the AIM song when a group of young men began taunting him.  The group of students are from Covington Catholic High School.

The group is noticeably wearing “Make American Great Again” hats.

In this video, you can hear one of the students talking about the “way of the world”.

New video has been shared showing the entire incident, over 1 hour and 45 minutes of footage.

The video shows that a group of black men became engaged with the students.  The two groups continue to exchange words.  The tone of the scene escalated quickly.  Watch the video at [1:11:24].  You can see Nathan Phillips enter between the two groups.  He tried to intercede and de-escalate the situation.

In an interview with Detroit Free Press, Mr. Phillips says he tried to put himself the two groups.

In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Phillips said the incident started as the students from Covington Catholic were observing a group of Black Israelites talk, and started to get upset at their speeches.

Phillips said some of the members of the Black Hebrew group were also acting up, “saying some harsh things” and that one member spit in the direction of the Catholic students.

“So I put myself in between that, between a rock and hard place,” Phillips said. – Cincinnati.com

Many people on social media have accused Mr. Phillips of trying to cause a confrontation with the school group.  This longer video shows, that he did try to interact with them, but not to cause a confrontation.  His intentions were to try and keep peace between these groups.

Read the statement from Nick Sandman, the student at the center of the video.

You can contact the school:

Covington Catholic
High School Principal
Robert Rowe [email protected]
(859) 491-2247
Fax (859) 448-2242

Diocese of Covington
1125 Madison Ave.
Covington, KY 41011-3115
(859) 392-1500
[email protected]

Diocesan Board of Catholic Education Superintendent
Michael Clines
(859) 392-1500
[email protected]

Assistant Superintendent
Karen McGuire
[email protected]

You can watch more of Nathan Phillips:

What do you think?

Are groups like this emboldened to taunt people because of Trump?

Nathan Phillips was honored Sunday, January 20, 2019 by several Native leaders.

PowWows.com hosted a watch party on Facebook.  You can join the discussion!

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Indepedent Thinker

I also watched the entire video and I have a few questions for Mr. Phillips. Why did he choose to confront the teenagers instead of the Black Israelites who had started the entire incident with their taunts and insults to the Indigenous Peoples group and then to the students? Was it because he knew it would be easier to confront children rather than adults? Or was it because he knew the MAGA hats would give him more publicity?
Those students were waiting for their bus to leave. There was no reason for the students to move so that Mr. Phillips could move into the center of their group. He had sp reason to be there.
The media spread false news that has vaulted Mr. Phillips to celebrity status and generated hate filled threats to the students, especially Nick Sandman. I am disappointed that our native Americans have chosen to ignore the truth.

Claire Lynon

Hey young Sandmann, how about joining the military, Marine’s, really MAGA! Or do you have bone spurs too? Respect is what the Marine’s will teach you. ooh-rah

Donna Cramer

I live across the river from these kids and while I find their behavior so appalling I’m also not surprised. White male privilege rears it’s ugly head yet again. I am a white woman and was raised Catholic but am well aware of the damage that was inflicted on Native Americans.
I believe that the behavior these days go right back to the current White House occupant. The boys were wearing those awful hats. Unfortunately a lot of white folks don’t care about other races and cultures. They think that folks of color should just get over it and move on. They don’t care that in many instances they are preventing people of color from moving on. I have tried to speak on this and they just don’t want to hear it.
I stand with Nathan Philips. There are derogatory posts on Facebook about Mr Philips’ past. I didn’t read them as they are probably lies. I am heartbroken about this whole incident. The Diocese of Covington received suspicious packages yesterday and death threats. That is wrong. There are evil forces at work who would love nothing better than to divide and destroy our country. We have to figure out a way to defuse all this anger and begin to heal.

Nancy Eling

If you live across the river from them, there is no way you even know them. The Ohio river is pretty big. Do you claim to be ndn, because there aren’t a lot, if any, ndns in Cincinnati. I know, because I lived there for 30 years. I also know people who graduated from Covington Catholic. They are decent people. One is my brother-in-law.

As for Nathan Phillips, he is an attention seeking liar. He never served in Vietnam. He serviced refrigerators. What is the criteria to be an “elder”, because he claims to be one? He is a disgrace to humankind.


You didn’t comment once on the disrespectful communication from the gentleman with Mr.Phillips that was making nasty comments at the boys. Your bias is disgusting . I really enjoy watching the Pow Wows you all show live but I will unfollow this page. You can’t present to the world your issue with bias and blinders to how your own people hurt your cause and expect the evil white man to listen with sincere hearts. I’m so sick of liberal media and outlets. I’m so sick of groups becoming bullies themselves. I’m fascinated by the culture and grieved by what has happened throughout hx to the Native American community. However they/you have potentially become your own worst enemy. 😔


I supprised that they would bother an older man or woman they show no respect even if they didn’t like what he said you know they need to learn where their religion came from a murdered Jew not a god myth by pagan worship him but they must learn where and when how he became a god when he not and he didn’t fulfill prophecy rebuild temple kill angel of death release by Yahweh punishment for Egyptian first born Passover no war murdered death bring all dead Hebrews back to life and get rid of enemies of judea Jerusalem capital he didn’t so he not the one angel from Yahweh mishagia


Is there sheet music available for the AIM song?

Moon Sounds

Black Israelites and Natives have the same oppressors – We all have the same oppressors.
Let’s not be deceived!
Wake up Indian Country!
Read between the lines!

Ganolvsgi Agasgi

you know, it would be really cool if mr nathan and the young man could become friends and maybe plant the first tree that would spark a movement to help fix the physical problems of our country. wouldn’t it be awesome if different peoples could come together and share in solving a common problem ?we need people to plant native plants and trees and remove foreign invasive ones that take over.ones to create habitat for native animals .we need water without toxins.we need to figure out how to either do away with or find use for non recyclable plastics. to be more responsible in how we handle our wastes .we need forests that don’t catch fire and burn half the country down.we still haven’t figured out how to coexist with nature the right ways.fix things out of balance .stop wasting our resources…we cannot solve our problems as divided people any longer and to do that, to unite, we have to quit blaming the other for the fault… there are too many of us here now.our long term survival depends on it.it means we have to get along,and keep our word with one another when we give it and find a mutual plan for good.

Ganolvsgi Agasgi

i watched the whole video offered yesterday and i feel a little differently in knowing the media intentionally pits us all against one another in keeping us divided.they show just enough to start the outrage. the boys aren’t evil.they were flared up by the hebrew israelites dudes that yelled unfounded half truths,ignorance,and obscenities to even black people.accused brown people like me of worshiping totem poles.they were aiming at everyone red ,white ,and black.so the boys were angry to start with because of the blatant unfounded attacks they saw as against them.Nathan moved in with his drum,which to my ear sounds way better and seemed to drown out the garbage spewing from the mouths of the fake israelites who everyone had grown tired of.surely someone is digging into the story of just who those clowns were and who likely payed them .i’ve got to say,as heated as it was,to everyone’s credit, no one threw a punch or fired a shot .progress? we need to work on it and understand each other better though and find a common bond. yelling back and forth doesn’t fix our lands or heal our waters.

Kathy Bentley

I am white. And, I am sorry, so very sorry, for the indignities visited on Indigenous Peoples….. in the past and today.For those in the Indigenous community, try not to be extremely angry at these morons. Please don’t let their hate burden you. Rise above those who persecute you .They are ignorant, in the true sense of that word. May those who were challenged during the March, receive blessings from The Creator despite the hatred and blatant racism shown.

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