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Indigenous Peoples March Spox Speaks Out After Teens Mob Native Elder: ‘Trump is Giving License’ to This Behavior

On Saturday, the spokesperson for the Indigenous Peoples March Chase Iron Eyes sat down with CNN’s S.E. Cupp to discuss the now viral video showing Catholic school teens from Kentucky mobbing and harassing a Native American elder at the march.

He told Cupp that what the teens did qualifies as assault.

“As an attorney, I felt that this qualified as a legal definition of assault,” he said. “They were causing an apprehension, an objective fear of offensive contact or harm. They were very loud and very aggressive, very vocal and they were disrupting. They were trying to drown out not only the group of African-Americans but Nathan Phillips, Raymond Kingfisher, some of our elders who were closing out a beautiful day and it’s unfortunate that it had to end this way.”

Chase Iron Eyes then added: “But it’s emblematic of I think where we’re at in terms of race relations in our country. We feel that President Trump is giving license to some of this behavior in his rhetoric, in his behavior. He sets the tone for a lot of our citizens in this country and when he says things like using ‘Pocahontas’ as a racial slur, time and time again, making light of our genocide at Wounded Knew where my family literally survived that massacre. It’s unfortunate but it shows us where we’re at and shows us how much work we have to do.”

The spox was referring to tweets such as this sent out and insults lobbed by Trump:

The teens seen in the video were in DC to attend March for Life when they crashed the Indigenous Peoples March and taunted elder Nathan Phillips.

Phillips was singing the American Indian Movement song of unity when the boys approached.

He recalled to the Washington Post what happened:

“It was getting ugly, and I was thinking: ‘I’ve got to find myself an exit out of this situation and finish my song at the Lincoln Memorial,’…I started going that way, and that guy in the hat stood in my way and we were at an impasse. He just blocked my way and wouldn’t allow me to retreat.”

The teens’ school has said that they plan on investigating the matter.

Watch above, via CNN

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