October 19, 2021

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UPDATE: Statement from Nick Sandmann, the student who was confronted by Native American elder

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UPDATE Statement from Nick Sandmann, the Catholic school student who was confronted by Native American elder

The Kentucky Catholic high school student at the center of the event at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday issued a statement regarding reports about his apparent confrontation with a Native American man. He said the reports have been filled with “misinformation” and “outright lies.”


The letter comes from student Nick Sandmann from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky, explaining the incident.

“I am providing this factual account of what happened on Friday afternoon at the Lincoln Memorial to correct misinformation and outright lies being spread about my family and me,” Sandmann wrote in the letter.

In the letter Sandmann wrote that he was “singled out” and approached by the Native American man, who has been identified as Nathan Phillips, an Omaha elder.

“The protestor everyone has seen in the video began playing his drum as he waded into the crowd, which parted for him,” Sandmann wrote. “I did not see anyone try to block his path. He locked eyes with me and approached me, coming within inches of my face. He played his drum the entire time he was in my face.”

“I never interacted with this protester,” he continued. “I did not speak to him. To be honest, I was startled and confused as to why he had approached me. We had already been yelled at by another group of protestors.”

Read Sandmann’s full statement here:

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