Nathan Phillips, the Native American who became the focal point of a viral confrontation with high school students in Kentucky over the weekend, never served in the Vietnam War and was not stationed abroad, the Marine Corps confirmed Wednesday. 19659002] Phillips, then known as Nathaniel R. Stanard, served for four years in the Marine Corps Reserve before leaving as a private in 1976. During his time at the Marine Reserve, he was a refrigerator technician and antitank tank.
64-year-old Phillips was put in the limelight nationally when he was sung and played a drum face-to-face with students from Catholic high school in Covington, Nick Sandman. Phillips later explained that he was trying to intervene between the students and a group of black street preachers who denounced both Native Americans and white children with racial insults.
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Numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post and Detroit Free Press, described Phillips as a veteran of the Vietnam War in reports of the weekend's confrontation. The Post corrected her report, stating the correct duration of Phillips' military service and lack of engagement. The Free Press added a note to the editor's original story: "It is unclear whether former US Navy champion Nathan Phillips served in the Vietnam War, as originally mentioned in this article." The Free Press has contacted Phillips, to clarify this information. "
Phillips visited the March of Indigenous Peoples in Washington on Friday. This march coincided with the March for Life, attended by students from Covington.
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The Covington students, some of them Trump supporters, wore the red "Make America Great Again" brand, which was initially criticized for taunting Phillips, but the advent of videos that have been harassed has become one widespread review of the circumstances of the incident.
Phillips The Associated Press said in an interview published on Sunday that some students demoted the Native Americans.
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. These young people have only been upset in our room for 500 years, "he said. Just walk through our territories and feel like "this is ours".
Phillips has since offered to visit the school and conduct a dialogue on cultural backgrounds Tanding Sandman told the NBC broadcast "Today" Wednesday that he also wants to speak with Phillips.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.