Multiple videos have surfaced, leaving observers with multiple interpretations of the incident.
"I would caution everyone passing judgment based on a few seconds of video to watch the longer video clips that are on the internet, as they show a much different story than is being portrayed by people with agendas", Sandmann, a junior, said in a statement released late Sunday.
Phillips lives in this Ypsilanti neighborhood but right now he's still in Washington D.C. He's expected to be back in MI in a few days.
Officials said they are investigating and will take "appropriate action, up to and including expulsion". Sandmann stared directly and Phillips and was at times smiling as Phillips sang the "American Indian Movement" song and beat a drum. To accommodate two groups protesting in Washington on the same day, the Indigenous Peoples March moved the location of their rally at the last moment.
But Sandmann said it was clear to him that Phillips had singled him out for a confrontation, although he was not sure why. Other students - some in "Make America Great Again" hats and sweatshirts - were chanting and laughing. "To be honest, I was startled and confused as to why he had approached me". "Our elder, Nathan Phillips did what he thought he could offer, and stand in a peaceful and prayerful way, and try to diffuse that situation".
As the marchers dispersed, some from the pro-life rally began taunting and heckling the indigenous march activists, according to one account.
"I felt like the spirit was talking through me", Phillips said. "He just blocked my way and wouldn't allow me to retreat", Phillips said. They based this entire story upon a man who has a history of harassing innocent high school and college students, exclusively to get his name in the news.
However, Mr Phillips, who appeared upset in a video after that encounter, said he heard the students saying "build that wall".
"The idea here, what we wanted to see happen, to bring that sense of unity", said Sans Souci. This behavior is opposed to the Church's teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person. "I believe he should re-think his tactics of invading the personal space of others, but that is his choice to make".
Phillip reportedly began beating a drum and singing as a way to ease tensions and can be seen approaching the groups.
One 11-minute video of the confrontation shows the Haka dance and students loudly chanting before Phillips and Frejo approached them.
"We were there to teach, to teach the truth of the Bible, to show them our real history", Shar Yaqataz Banyamyan told the Post.
The group of students from the all-male Covington Catholic High School was in Washington on Friday to participate in an anti-abortion March for Life rally when they came across a march for indigenous peoples' right.