Kentucky’s Covington Catholic High School’s social media is on lockdown this morning after a video was posted that shows a mob of students intimidating an Native American elder in Washington DC.

The all-male school was participating in a March for Life rally, which coincided with the Indigenous People’s March. As shown in the video, the students have surrounded a Native American man playing a drum and are hooting war cries and mocking him. The elder’s name is Nathan Phillips, a Vietnam veteran and an Omaha keeper of a sacred pipe.

One of the students gets very close to Phillip’s face at stares at him with a disturbing grin for several minutes as Phillip’s sings and beats the drum.

From Indian Country Today:

The elder is Nathan Phillips, an Omaha elder who is also a Vietnam Veteran and former director of the Native Youth Alliance. He is also a keeper of a sacred pipe and holds an annual ceremony honoring Native American veterans in the Arlington National Cemetery.

Phillips is also the subject of a previous racially-based incident when he was taunted and harassed by Eastern Michigan University students who were dressed stereo-typically as Native Americans. As reported in FOX 2 News, he was yelled at and hit by a thrown beer can.

from Boing Boing