We’ve Had Nathan Phillips’ Back. Will You Have Ours?
Tue, Feb 26, 2019 8:36 pm
Chase Iron Eyes, Lakota Law (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The past five weeks spotlighted the ever-present need to focus on Indigenous issues and First Amendment rights — and your friendship and financial support helped us respond to the call. Our team assisted in organizing the first Indigenous Peoples March in Washington D.C., and then we provided crucial support to Omaha elder Nathan Phillips after he was mocked by MAGA hat-wearing, tomahawk-chopping students from Covington Catholic High School at the Lincoln Memorial. We facilitated Nathan’s appearances on CBS Evening News, ABC’s Nightline, NBC’s The Today Show, Democracy Now, and many more.
A lawyer representing Covington student Nick Sandmann — a conservative attorney on record declaring that “the pendulum has swung too far in favor of the First Amendment” — has absurdly sued The Washington Post for $250 million for its coverage of the encounter. This lawyer might also sue Nathan, saying about the Washington Post suit, “This is just the beginning.”
In our view, the pendulum has not swung far enough in favor of protecting the free speech of Native Americans. That’s why the Lakota People’s Law Project will continue to stand with Nathan Phillips, the Post, and all others who work to promote truth, justice, and reconciliation in our divided nation. We hope you will as well.