Native American activist says he forgives boys in videos

Native American activist says he forgives boys in videos
FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo, a large crowd representing a majority of the remaining Dakota Access Pipeline protesters, including Nathan Phillips, center with glasses, march out of the Oceti Sakowin camp before the deadline set for evacuation of the camp near Cannon Ball, N.D. Phillips says he felt compelled to get between a group of black religious activists and largely white students with his ceremonial drum to defuse a potentially dangerous situation at a rally in Washington. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Native American activist Nathan Phillips says he’s prayed about what happened at the Lincoln Memorial last week and now he has good feelings in his heart for all the people who have been mean to him.

So even though he’s angry, Phillips told NBC’s “Today” show on Thursday that he has forgiveness for the boys from Kentucky’s Covington Catholic High School who he says could be seen mocking Native Americans in videos.

Phillips says the white boys were angrily chanting at a group of black street preachers, and “it was really getting explosive.” So he said he used his drum to reach God, and felt “spiritually moved into that center, that whirlwind.”

Phillips said the Native Americans couldn’t move because the boys had them surrounded.