Nathan Phillips, an activist described by the Indian Country Today website as an Omaha elder and Vietnam War veteran, claimed in an interview with The AP on Sunday that he was trying to keep the peace between the high school students and the religious group that
However, as pointed out in our previous report, video evidence shows that Phillips walked into to group of students then banged his drum in a students face.
Phillips previously claimed that he heard people chanting “Build that wall”
Now in an interview with the Associated Press, Phillips claims the students were yelling, “Go back to the reservation.”
Phillips claims he was only trying to ascend to the Lincoln statue and “pray for our country.” But some students backed off and one student wouldn’t let him move, he added.
“They were making remarks to each other … (such as) ‘In my
But when you watch the full video as well as countless other videos, none of that is true. At no point do you hear the students chant “build the wall” or “go back to your reservation
Nor do you hear any student make any remarks about Indians being drunks.
The student at the center of all of this, Nick Sandmann, said he heard no student chant anything other than school spirit chants, and that he hadn’t even been aware of the Native American group until Phillips approached him.
“The protester everyone has seen in the video began playing his drum as he waded into the crowd, which parted for him. I did not see anyone try to block his path,” Sandmann wrote. “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.”
Sandmann said one of the Native American protesters yelled at them that they “stole our land” and they should “go back to Europe,” but that he never spoke to or interacted with Phillips. This is true as seen in video footage.
“To be honest, I was startled and confused as to why he had approached me.” Sandmann said.
Sandmann said that he “believed that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping defuse the situation.”
“I said a silent prayer that the situation would not get out of hand,” he wrote. He said the incident ended when the buses arrived and his teacher told him it was time to leave.
Though many commenting on the internet were upset by Sandmann staring at Philipps, he said he was “not intentionally making faces at Phillips. 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.” He said he had never encountered any kind of public protest before.
So how many times will Nathan Phillips change or add to the story? The only truth he has told is that HE approached the kids. But that was after he first said THEY surrounded him.
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