“I couldn’t stand by and watch my country be torn apart,” says Omaha Elder Nathan Phillips

Protestors clash, and the video has gone viral since Friday.

A third group is emerging in media reports after a video of Catholic School Students mocking a group of Indigenous activists near the Lincoln Memorial went viral over the weekend.

The group that was taunting both the youth who were attending a pro-life march, and taunting the Indigenous protestors is being identified as the Black Hebrew Israelites.

They hurled insults at the students calling them “incest kids,” and “kracker.”

It was then that Omaha Elder Nathan Phillips walked between the groups, playing and singing a drum song.

“This group reminded me of the Westboro Baptist Church, same thing just different rhetoric. It kept escalating,” Phillips told the Washington Post over the weekend.

The student who has been named and shamed across social media for standing uncomfortably close to Phillips identified himself in an email statement Sunday evening as junior Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School from Kentucky.

Sandman was seen on different videos and images smiling and mocking elder Nathan Phillips. Phillips is also a veteran of the Vietnam War.

An official working with the family confirmed Sandmann’s identity, speaking on condition of anonymity because the source didn’t want to distract from the statement.

Videos posted of the confrontation drew wide criticism on social media. Sandmann says he and his parents have received death threats since video of Friday’s confrontation emerged.

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Josh Campbell
Splash is back as the host of Denendeh Sunrise, CKLB's morning current affairs program. Campbell was mentored by longtime host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Josh, as he's known professionally by folks across the broadcast industry has worked for CBC North, CKRW the Rush in Yukon, and at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving north for his love of radio and Indigenous culture in 2007, Campbell graduated from Loyalist College's Broadcast Journalism Program in Belleville, Ontario the traditional territory of the Tyendinaga Mohawks. Campbell is proud of his Scottish and Irish ancestry. He was born and raised along the Tobique River the home of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet Nation.

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