On 18 January, 2019, during the March for Life in Washington, D.C., another much smaller event was also scheduled. It was the first Indigenous Peoples March. The video at the link shows there may have been a couple of hundred at the march, compared to many thousands at the 46th March for Life.
Nathan Phillips, an Oklahoma elder and Native American activist, was drumming and chanting during the two events. He moved away from his group and approached a group of pro-life teenagers, some of who were wearing MAGA hats.
Video - Phillips - Man - Space - Phillips
The video can be seen below. Phillips gets right into the young man's personal space. It appears Phillips is trying to intimidate him, to get him to move or flinch, or push back. At one point Phillips drum appears to touch the young man's shoulder. Phillips beats the drum literally in the young man's face. The drum stick is flashing by, only inches from his nose. At the same time, Phillips is chanting/screaming directly into the young man's face. It appears to be an attempt at provocation by Phillips.
The young MAGA hat wearer refuses to be intimidated or provoked into a reaction that can be used against him.
Washington - Post - Story - MAGA - Wearer
It does not matter. The Washington Post runs a story claiming the young MAGA hat wearer showed disrespect by "smirking" at Phillips.
Phillips was involved in another incident in Michigan, where he claimed to have been disrespected. No evidence but his testimony was apparent. From his account, he appears to have provoked any incident that might have happened.
Io/indiancountrytoday - Writer - Incident - Teenagers - MAGA
At newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday, the writer tries to portray the incident as teenagers in MAGA hats ridiculing, mocking, and taunting Phillips.
Some of the commenters there watched the video and are not buying the "mocking" narrative.
The elder demanded that boys...
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