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The Latest: Native American offers to meet with students

January 22, 2019

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on reaction from an encounter between white teenagers, Native American marchers and a black religious sect outside the Lincoln Memorial last week. (all times local):

12:40 p.m.

A Native American involved in an encounter between white teenagers and a black religious sect outside the Lincoln Memorial last week says he wants to meet with the students involved.

The Cincinnati Enquirer cited a statement from Nathan Phillips on Tuesday offering to travel to travel to Covington Catholic High School and have a dialogue about cultural appropriation, racism and the importance of listening to and respecting diverse cultures.

He says he’d like to use what occurred as a teachable moment.

Recorded images of the encounter that initially generated outrage on social media were tightly focused on the students wearing “Make America Great Again” hats who seemed to laugh derisively as they surrounded an elderly Native American beating a drum.

Longer videos from other perspectives showed the drummer intervened as a street preacher made racist statements with a megaphone.

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10:45 am

A Kentucky boys’ school shut down its campus on Tuesday as a precaution and a small protest was held outside their diocese as fallout continued over an encounter between white teenagers, Native American marchers and a black religious sect outside the Lincoln Memorial last week.

President Donald Trump tweeted early Tuesday that the students at Covington Catholic High School “have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be” but says he hopes the teens will use the attention for good, and “maybe even to bring people together.”

The recorded images that initially generated outrage on social media were tightly focused on the students wearing “Make America Great Again” hats who seemed to laugh derisively as they surrounded an elderly Native American beating a drum.

Longer videos from wider perspectives emerged later over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

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