Native Elder Taunted During Song in DC

Native Elder Taunted During Song in DC

Posted By Paul G January 19th, 2019 Blog

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.

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46 thoughts on “Native Elder Taunted During Song in DC

  1. Indepedent Thinker says:

    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.

  2. Claire Lynon says:

    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

  3. Donna Cramer says:

    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 says:

      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.

  4. Dissappointed says:

    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. 😔

  5. Moon Sounds says:

    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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Kathy Bentley says:

    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.

  9. The problem with that whole interaction is, that the group of Afrocentric men spouting delusions that ‘Indians’ are Africans instigated the ENTIRE mess. This almost seemed like a deliberate action to divide people and in fact one of the men, on the far right of the line of men talking, had a fake beard on. If you look at the video closely you’ll see it. It caught me off guard, why would he have that on? To hide his identity.
    Either way, their actions were divisive and not at all helpful, to them or to anyone else. When some indigenous people approached to let them know that it was disrespectful they argued with them, impervious to their actions. This is the mark of someone who is either delusional or abusive. Think about it?
    I watched it progress to the large crowd of young Anglo boys who were really reacting to the Afrocentric dudes spouting angrily their nonsense that was DESIGNED to aggravate people, divide them. Phillips went right into the group and started drumming to an already jumping up and down group of boys aggravated or humored by all this ranting. And thus it became about confronting the drummers when in fact the whole thing was spawned on by this group of men talking about all people are Africans etc. despite his efforts to clarify the history of colonization, he only muddied the waters rather than educate people. He tried but to no avail and instead just institgated this mess.

    It’s better to avoid these kinds of people altogether rather than try to discuss with them. Just like that native woman pulled her friends away. That was a smart move.
    When people are ramped up, it’s incommunicable to try and get through to them or calm them down. It’s better to walk away. Having spent a lot of time hanging out on the streets and in rough areas, I learned the hard way that you can’t communicate with crazy, you just have to walk away or stop it if it gets physical. In this case, it would have been better to walk away because how did this benefit anyone?
    These are young boys, already ramped up on their fear and ignorance, better to goto their school, bring a drumming group educate them calmly rather than confront them or anyone at a dysfunctional rally. (I grew up super political in an organizer family and this is not productive is what I’m saying…). I get him wanting to get between the two antagonizing groups, but then he shouldn’t be surprised at that reaction. It’s a risk he was willing to take, bravely or foolishly we’ll have to see. But his action of standing between the two groups was misinterpreted and not clear to an angry mob so it looked confrontational as well. It’s so easy to misinterpret people’s actions and then go off on that misread. People are still quite primal in their responses, often overreacting and acting out like what we saw on the video.
    Took me a long time to learn it too. I had to learn the hard way, seeing people get hurt.
    When you confront confrontational people, they get confrontational. It sucks but perhaps he should have known better to avoid such volatile people, they’re dangerous. The peaceful way indigenous activists generally work(that I’ve seen) is far more evolved than average activists but confronting people is counter productive and risky.
    Peace.

  10. The young man held a ‘power’ stance – but what was he in a stand against? A singer & a drum? No, he was in a resolute stand in support of something. And I can only guess that it was a racial superiority stance. I was impressed with the Elder’s confident singing in the face of that. A pity there were not more voices to sing.

    • Are groups like this emboldened to taunt people because of Trump?
      The video has gone viral – NOT because of the actions of the Israelites vs High School Kids but because of the One Boy vs Elder interaction.
      Every other boy in that group was acting as ‘normal’ adolescent teenagers do but one boy is emboldened to make a statement. Only he can explain the reason.
      But when one makes so public a statement – witnesses are forced to make an assessment. I would agree that he has become emboldened because of the political victory of Trumpian sentiments – the clue is in the cap he has donned for the day.

      • The boy has explained:
        “I never felt like I was blocking the Native American protester. He did not make any attempt to go around me… I was not intentionally making faces at the protester. I did smile at one point because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry, intimidated or be provoked into a larger confrontation.”
        “I respect this person’s right to protest and engage in free speech activities… I believe he should re-think his tactics of invading the personal space of others, but that is his choice to make.”

        And that has satisfied me that the boy sees an indigenous elder employing an ‘intimidating’ peaceful ritual as a ‘protester’ & that in no way is he allowing them to pass. He is going to stand his ground in the face of anyone he (actually) disrespects signalling the ‘provocative’ intention of wishing to pass.
        Now if it had been a ‘protesting’ elderly nun singing the Ave Maria wishing to pass . . . . . . there would not have been any invasion of personal space!
        Respect to Nathan Phillips for his actions that day.

      • Nancy Eling says:

        What you say is stupid. Trump supporters are not racist or violent and neither is our President. Nathan Phillips is the racist. He was the aggressor. The only thing the MAGA hat did was to make the poor kid a target for a disgusting attention seeking jerk.

  11. What I see as disgusting are the five Blacks instigating a riot. Flinging out racial insults. And at children!

  12. I am Chickasaw – and this video sickened me. Some of the people who commented were just as awful. I am so proud to be part of people who are so encompassing, without judgement and who care for their elders. I will never ever understand how anyone can be a human being – and not treat others as one. And I do think we have a president who brings out the worst in people. We need a uniter, not a divider.

  13. The problem with that whole interaction is, that the group of Afrocentric men spouting delusions that ‘Indians’ are Africans instigated the ENTIRE mess. This almost seemed like a deliberate action to divide people and in fact one of the men, on the far right of the line of men talking, had a fake beard on. If you look at the video closely you’ll see it. It caught me off guard, why would he have that on? To hide his identity.
    Either way, their actions were divisive and not at all helpful, to them or to anyone else. When some indigenous people approached to let them know that it was disrespectful they argued with them, impervious to their actions. This is the mark of someone who is either delusional or abusive. Think about it?
    I watched it progress to the large crowd of young Anglo boys who were really reacting to the Afrocentric dudes spouting angrily their nonsense that was DESIGNED to aggravate people, divide them. Phillips went right into the group and started drumming to an already jumping up and down group of boys aggravated or humored by all this ranting. And thus it became about confronting the drummers when in fact the whole thing was spawned on by this group of men talking about all people are Africans etc. despite his efforts to clarify the history of colonization, he only muddied the waters rather than educate people. He tried but to no avail and instead just institgated this mess.

    It’s better to avoid these kinds of people altogether rather than try to discuss with them. Just like that native woman pulled her friends away. That was a smart move.
    When people are ramped up, it’s incommunicable to try and get through to them or calm them down. It’s better to walk away. Having spent a lot of time hanging out on the streets and in rough areas, I learned the hard way that you can’t communicate with crazy, you just have to walk away or stop it if it gets physical. In this case, it would have been better to walk away because how did this benefit anyone?
    These are young boys, already ramped up on their fear and ignorance, better to goto their school, bring a drumming group educate them calmly rather than confront them or anyone at a dysfunctional rally. (I grew up super political in an organizer family and this is not productive is what I’m saying…). But I get him wanting to get between, but then he shouldn’t be surprised at that reaction. But his action of standing between the two groups was misinterpreted and not clear so it looked confrontational as well. It’s so easy to misinterpret people’s actions and then go off on that misread.
    Took me a long time to learn it too. I had to learn the hard way, seeing people get hurt.
    When you confront confrontational people, they get confrontational. It sucks but perhaps he should have known better to avoid such volatile people, they’re dangerous. The peaceful way indigenous activists generally work(that I’ve seen) is far evolved than average activists but confronting people is counter productive and risky.
    Peace.

  14. So, so sad……..BUT I am so, so glad that I am not a catholic anymore!…….but this isn’t all I am glad about, I am also very glad that I have come back to my Mexica roots. I am now saying I am indingous ant VERY proud of this. I was raised thinking it was all bad, my history………BUT….to GOD be the Glory, I am freed………the sad part is now reconizing all the trauma this has caused me and my fellow people’s………..and seeing with shame how people, especially in these so called United States……..SHAMEFULL

  15. Steve Shay says:

    We can be angry, and do nothing. That response solves nothing. But, if we counter ignorance with action, and counter hatred with love, we can and will be an unstoppable force for good. The actions of these teenagers were shameful. And, while I hope they are taught a lesson on the valuable of all living beings when they arrive home, I am not a part of that action. What I can and will do is to take this shameful act, and make something good come from it. For me, that means donating to a Native American charity, and reaching-out to my friends and family members to do the same.

  16. Jeffrey S. Dyer says:

    If true history was taught, all people would understand each other. But the history that is taught is full of holes and lies

  17. I don’t like Trump but yes he’s making we the people hate each other so he’s not making America great he making us be racial. Towards color
    But these teens just don’t have respect they feel like the can do whatever they want to people or anybody…

    • Nancy Eling says:

      That is a lie. President Trump is not responsible for the hate, it is the Democrats and their toadies, the media.

    • You fell for the biggest lie of the year. He did none of what was said. I watched the entire 2 hour video. Phillips was the was the one in the wrong. he should be charged with assault for pushing that young man with his drum! These kids sang their school song and did not respond to the continuing taunts by Black Israel group and Native Americans. They have had their information posted and have been receiving death threats from adults. You have done nothing but propagate a lie and you are a disgusting human being.

      • Nanny I agree with you. I have since found much information. I would post on here but to have everyone jump on me I won’t. I will say, the lies surrounding this situation are unlimited. They have been proven. I also have a statement and a video from two different Native Americans, both that know Nathan Phillips and neither are good.

  18. If I would have been there. I would have wiped that smug look off of his entitled face in a bout 2 seconds. I am not Native, but have a lot of friends who are and firmly believe in the culture. AND YOU were here FIRST.

    • Why are all white people “entitled”. I’m white, my ancestors married native Americans, my grandparents worked in the cotton fields beside the slaves. Not all white people are or were “entitled”.

    • you know ,Thomas. I was angry too ,but i realised something after watching it (the videos) several times.Mr. Nathan was hurt and insulted but wasn’t defeated.he stood his ground and beat the boy with honesty.He was the brave one and did not go away quietly but also didn’t give the jerk what he was asking for.trust me,it is hard for me too,but if it would have ended up into a brawl his message might not have never been heard. lots of people are listening and ashamed of those boys.it wasn’t the church or trump. it was solely the idiot kid and dopey friends who probably will pay for this and should for a long time.racism and division need to go out the same door with the politics.their parents should make them apologize to him in front of many of our people.I mean American people.We’ve got to move past and unite at least to the point of understanding and accepting,and hopefully helping each other when needed.not tearing each other down..strength in numbers.I hope they grow to feel ashamed of their own actions.No honest person can deny who was right.and in what he said afterwards.Nathan and his wisdom won the battle in my opinion.

  19. I didnt see any taunting going down, just because a few people were wearing MAGA hats does not mean they were opposed to that native american pow wow deal, as a Trump supporter myself native american are not persucuted by Trump supporters, in fact I have total Respect for all Native Americans, they are good people, unlike the trash coming from mexico and souh america…

    • True. I still haven’t seen any video of the boy disrespecting the elder. Just smiling. What else was he expected to do with a drum in his face. He did better than I would have

    • Moon Sounds says:

      SC there are ‘trash’ in all cultures.
      People from Mexico and South America are a part of ‘Indian Country’ and thus a part of Turtle Island. They were also some of the first (like ancient Guatemala and black people) to have their land raided and their history albeit obliterated. If any of them are ‘trash’ then perhaps it’s because the land has turned to s**t due to a loss of their self. No real leadership and greed makes the land a dangerous place.

      • Good point Moon Sound. Thank you for saying that. Trashy people, although I hate that general expression, exist everywhere. Many of the people I’ve met from Central America, friends and previous boyfriends included were quite sweet despite my own frustration and conservationist beliefs with the immigrant situation. I cannot deny some positives that come from it and the people. Naturally there are some bad people coming up to take advantage of our system as well as good people coming to take advantage of our system, that’s what happens to successfull economic systems. It draws people from everywhere; Especially from post-colonial areas that have been devastated by colonialism. But heck that is what a culture of commerce does, bring out the opportunistic nature in many of us.
        Damn economics- always at the root of everything!!! 😉

  20. something great did happen today. Mr.Nathan stood up bravely and spoke the truth in the faces of stupidity.i have to believe his ancestors would be and are very proud of him. he is a good man and was correct. i wished those boys could have seen it but deep down i bet they know.it would be a way better country without people like that.

  21. i think that was the most disgusting and disrespectful acts i’ve ever seen . i think the boy needs to learn the true meaning of what makes america great again really does mean and it isn’t him being racist,his little red hat or stupid little smirk.i’m sure his parents must be proud to have a son who would insult a man who served us and defended his right to do just what he did.we need to tell Mr. Nathan Phillips,the Honorable Omaha elder that we stand with him!and that people like him IS and always Has been why we are great. i hope the catholic school recommends serving in the military as part of his punishment for acting disgracefully stupid towards a man ten times over what the boy will ever be. Ganolvsgi Agasgi

      • aurelia phillips says:

        It made me ill as well. I watched the entire episode…….sandmann’s mother used “the devil made me do it” defense. I saw all those other boys – jeering and making fun of – Nathan Phillips. And WHAT were they doing there, anyway – Phillips was walking in an INDIGENOUS gathering to protest the problems we have. I wrote a letter to the head of the school – and let him know my people walked The Trail of Tears. I suggested he bus all those boys to the nearest reservation and see, first hand, how the conditions are. Then – do some community service.

        • Nah look deeper. I almost bit the bait too. This whole media show has been slanted to look a certain way, to provoke ire between groups when in fact it’s a lie.
          The whole situation was provoked by the Black Isrealites after attacking verbally young white boys as if literally they were the cause of all the strife in America. Duh! They’re like 15!!!!!! Impossible. They just finished potty training like 10-12 years ago!! I doubt they’ve ever oppressed anyone or stolen land. Duh!!
          They were being attacked and provoked and the Native Elder and others confronted them in some vain effort to keep the peace but without actually communicating with the boys so it looked like a hostile confrontation. So from the BOYS perspective they were being attacked on both sides even though they had done nothing wrong while waiting for their buses. And yet all these fools buying into the fake story. Bravo.
          For fuck’s sake!! I have grown up left in grassroots politics, civil rights, native rights. Fighting against tyranny and oppression in whatever way I can, volunteering, etc….But this is now how you make progress, you don’t go around attacking individual people for systemic ills. Period!! This is how you divide a nation…by pitting individuals and small groups against one another in petty immature ways. And guess what, it’s working!! So whomever is doing this, media, infiltrators, agitators, bots…? They’re winning when we fight one another.
          Sorry but after really looking into this and seeing the videos, the kids did nothing wrong. They were verbally attacked for being white, the cause of all the oppression in the U.S. even though they are underage, not even possible to have done any of that. Duh. And yet they are blamed. Not the system, not the architects of society but kids. Good job.

          This whole slant that these kids did something wrong, is off base.
          I have spent most of my life speaking out for oppressed peoples and against the ruling class but this ‘new’ way of attacking individuals esp. kids….is NOT progressive or radical (grassroots) or even righteous but WRONG.
          The only way any of use will overcome the problems in this country, is by fighting for COMMON CAUSE, together. Period.
          Shame on these so -called adults for instigating such a row.
          Protesting is not the way anymore for REAL progress to be made. Calm friendly conversations over coffe or tea to learn about and understand each other to find solutions, is the way. Try it!!

  22. Maribeth Spence says:

    While I do not like trump at all I do think true native americans would have given that one young man who stand his ground without saying anything some credit. I know I saw something that was honorable in that. The rest of them were probably pricks and maybe that one usually is too, who knows. Doesn’t mean I think what ever he was standing for was right, but he thought it was. The behavior of them thinking they are somehow better then the elder was what soured my stomach though and that is why as a conservative i do not support the right, right now…that being said though i do not support the left and their tactics either. i think all native americans need to be watchful of giving blind faith to any of the government parties. This isn’t the first time politicians have acted like our friends to pit us all against one another.

    • Exactly, but if those kids would have had on a purple people eater hat, you nor I, would have never heard a word about this. When was the last time headline, national news, was made by any Native American. If you don’t want a confrontation, go around another way.

      • Derek Miller says:

        If you are implying this is merely because of the hats you are greatly mistaken. It is the combination of who the youth are emulating. They are being taught to act in this manner from the POTUS as well as their own teachers from a church affiliated school. As a follower of Christ, a conservative, and of native American and Caucasian decent I find this turn in our society as shameful and disappointing. Regardless of sides behavior like this is responsible for even the lingering partial government shutdown. It displays an extreme lack of morality and consideration for others. It was not Nathan Phillips who was seeking the confrontation. Were my 7 year old son to see this he would either be angered or driven to tears from the behavior of the crowd.

    • Well, I find it very interesting that the Omaha elder, Nathan Phillips decided to confront the students that were waiting for their busses, rather than get in the face of the Black Israelites that were cursing (not only at the students, but at the natives as well). This is pure propaganda, an attack against the white man. I am really disappointed that you have continued the lies and division between people by posting this, even with showing of the extended videos.

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