Rep. Condemns MAGA-Clad Students Filmed Mocking Native American Man

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Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) on Saturday condemned students shown in a video mocking and yelling at a Native American man at the first annual Indigenous Peoples March the previous day.

Haaland and Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS) became the first Native American congresswomen in American history when they were sworn in earlier this month.

The statement mirrored similar outrage and frustration across the web, and within Congress.

Indian Country Today identified the man in the video as Nathan Phillips, an Omaha elder and Vietnam War veteran. The website said of Phillips: “He is also a keeper of a sacred pipe and holds an annual ceremony honoring Native American veterans in the Arlington National Cemetery.”

At one point in the footage, a woman tells the students: “You guys are acting like a mob, that’s what’s going on. Fucking mob mentality. It’s awesome, because you guys are what, like 16? How old are you?”

Some of the students mocking Phillips in the video are wearing Trump campaign apparel. Others are wearing Covington Catholic High School gear.

TPM’s request for comment to the Kentucky school’s principal and assistant principals has gone unanswered. A school calendar for Covington Catholic shows that students were planning on being in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 18 and 19 for the March for Life, an anti-abortion event.

In a statement released to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High said:

“We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general, Jan. 18, after the March for Life, in Washington, D.C. We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips. This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.

“The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.

“We know this incident also has tainted the entire witness of the March for Life and express our most sincere apologies to all those who attended the March and all those who support the pro-life movement.”

Watch footage of the incident below, via YouTube user KT NOLAND:

Twitter users posted more footage:

Phillips said separately that he heard the students chanting “Build that wall!”

“This is indigenous land,” he said. “We’re not supposed to have walls here. We never did.”

H/t The Hill.

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  1. I’m a non-violent person, but I would have slapped the smirk off that little bastards face.

    And crapped in his hat…

  2. Such fine examples of upstanding MAGA Red Hat Youth… I am a Roman Catholic whose head is hung in shame at the amount of race-baiting and dog whistling I hear from fundamentalist Catholics who support the Current Occupant. I hope somebody at that school gets a hold of the students who participated in this and lays into them. How very inexcusable and wrong!

  3. Avatar for pine pine says:

    In a crowd punks like this are loud and obnoxious alone they are quiet as sheep.Want to protest ?

    https://www.covcath.org/about/directory

    "Archdiocese of Cincinnati @CatholicCincy

    Covington Catholic HS is a school of the Diocese of Covington, not @CatholicCincy. From what we know, which is very little, the incident at the March 4 Life was unfortunate & regrettable. We are confident they will respond appropriately 2 make this an important teachable moment.
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    1:24 PM - Jan 19, 2019"

  4. You’re talking about Trump’s next SCOTUS appointment.

  5. Avatar for tena tena says:

    Yeah it got to me too and I feel the same way. I would have slapped that face but good and grabbed his ear and said: take me to your mother because I want to know if she raised you like this.

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