March for Life participants and students wearing MAGA hats from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky, mocked Elder Nathan Phillips at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington on Friday.
Nathan Phillips is an Omaha elder who is also a Vietnam Veteran and former director of the Native Youth Alliance.
Is this how we make America great again?
Students in the video above can be seen shouting and jumping around Elder Nathan Phillips who was chanting and beating a drum.
One young man can be seen standing directly in front of Phillips as he chants and some can be heard shouting “Build the wall,” one of many chants you can hear at a Trump rally.
Phillips holds a regular ceremony for Native American veterans buried at Arlington Cemetery.
Elder Nathan Phillips has also been harassed in the past by Eastern Michigan University students who were also dressed as Native Americans, he was also hit by a beer can someone threw at him.
Philips has also told Indian Country Today in an interview that returning from Vietnam was not easy as a veteran. “People called me a baby killer and a hippie girl spit on me”
Is this how we treat our veterans?
Video of these students mocking and harassing Phillips has been going viral on social media today, some members of congress and activists have responded showing disgust.
“This Veteran put his life on the line for our country,” Rep. Deb Haaland tweeted.
Deb Haaland is one of the first Native American women elected to congress.
“I am so deeply grieved and angry by this as young kids in MAGA hats surrounded and mocked a beloved Native American elder yesterday,” activist Shaun King tweeted.
This incident comes just days after Donald Trump mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Twitter for her Native American heritage.
President Trump has also mocked people during his presidential campaign, including a disabled reporter, so who can tell these kids what they are doing is wrong, especially when the person sitting in the White House can be seen doing the same.