thank you. I can tell you because I know these boys, that if the members of the Native American delegation had approached these boys and TALKED with them, they could have made some friends, won over some advocates, and had peace. But no, because of the rampant prejudice and hate towards white people, they had to confront a 16 year old shy, awkward kid who had just marched with tens of thousands of other kids, as they have done in the same place at the same time for over 40 years. but NO they just HAD to have this media-op. I am SO angry at the Native Americans involved in this - not because they caused this outrageous untruthful narrative - but because they passed up a golden opportunity to gain friendships with a bunch of goofy guys who just happened to be white, who just happened to be born into Catholic families in Northern KY. They blew it. If they had JUST talked to them, believe me, these guys would have been won over to their cause. I don't know what's worse - their hubris and stupidity or their blind hatred and prejudice towards these kids. There is still a chance to salvage this situation though.. (keep in mind that we know this group tried to bust into our mass in the Shrine of the Immacuate Conception, so they cannot say these kids were being disrespectful.) IF Mr. Phillips were to apologize to the kids, and their parents, for confronting these kids in THEIR space where THEIR elders told them to be to catch their bus, for filming it, for editing it, for posting it and spreading the lies and filth and invective and vitriol and hate directed at US, THEN - and only then - will we be able to have a dialogue. These are good kids who will grow into for the most part, successful adults. They would be exactly the advocates the Native Americans could use. But not now, not under the circumstances proscribed by MR. Phillips. And when Native Americans say 'Oh, they HAVE to learn our ways! They HAVE to let us educate them! ' I just laugh because you know what, they don't. They simply don't . So the Native People who want change in their community better change how they approach this. Most of us white people are not the enemy. We love Native American culture (but would probably be called racist for that) and might put some in our homes and wear it for jewelry (but would probably be chastised for appropriating culture) and are sorrowful for the horrible things done to them (but would no doubt be met with scorn for not doing enough) and we want to learn more about them (but would probably be blown off because we are white). Up until now, my dream vacation is to go to the 4 corners or thereabouts to see the Navajo weavers. I know. Racist. I am so sorry for being white. These people have made me so angry by their untruthful actions and the absolute shitstorm that has resulted, I can hardly see straight. Thank you for trying to set the record straight.