Covington Catholic students at the Indigenous Peoples March: What we know

Cincinnati.com | 1/19/2019 | Sarah Brookbank and
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Covington Catholic High School has said that students could be expelled after a video went viral, showing an incident where students who were in Washington D.C. for the March for Life interacted with indigenous marchers at a different event.

Multiple videos have gained popularity, including a longer version that shows the start of the incident. Many people said the longer videos show that the students were initially provoked.

Incident

Here's what we know about the incident and what happened leading up to it.

What happened?

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Multiple videos circulating on social media show a group of boys from Covington Catholic High School around a man at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington D.C. The man initally approached the students.

Officials have confirmed that those students were from Covington Catholic.

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One video shows a young man wearing a "Make America Great Again" cap standing near to and staring at a man who is drumming as other young men surround the two.

The Indigenous Peoples March and the March for Life both occurred on Friday.

Who was involved?

The Native American man in the video was identified as Nathan Phillips, a Vietnam veteran and Native American elder of the Omaha tribe, by Indian Country Today.

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Chase Iron Eyes, a spokesman for the Indigenous Peoples March and an attorney for the Lakota People's Law Project, said by phone Saturday that Phillips initially approached the students in an attempt to defuse the situation.

But he was quickly swarmed, Iron Eyes said.

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Some video from the event counters that contention, showing Phillips walk into the crowd of students.

The students involved have not yet been identified but the Catholic Diocese of Covington confirmed that the students involved were from Covington Catholic who were there for the March for Life.

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Phillips said the incident started as a group of Catholic students from Kentucky were observing a group...
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