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. –

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

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43 thoughts on “Native Elder Taunted During Song in DC

  1. 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. 😔

  2. 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!

  3. 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 means we have to get along,and keep our word with one another when we give it and find a mutual plan for good.

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