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Official Indigenous Peoples March Response to Investigative Report on Covington Catholic Student Behavior


February 14, 2019

In response to the "independent" investigative report issued today by Greater Cincinnati Investigation, Inc., retained by Dressman, Benzinger, Lavelle (DBL LAW) on behalf of the Covington Diocese and Covington Catholic High School, Indigenous Peoples March organizer and Lakota People's Law Project Lead Counsel Chase Iron Eyes, said:

“It’s unsurprising to us that an investigative team hired by a law firm at the behest of the the school and diocese would fail to hold the students accountable for their behavior that day—or to hold the parents and guardians accountable for what they enabled.

"The culture that allows for this kind of behavior is where the blame should be placed. We are living in a nation where our president makes jokes about genocidal acts like the Trail of Tears and Wounded Knee. It’s possible that people within the Covington Catholic community are not intentionally expressing racism, but as is clear from the report’s findings, there’s a lack of understanding about the racism inherent in the tomahawk chop and in war whoops, the latter of which the report conveniently ignored.

"That this community does not understand our perspectives on these important matters shows how much they have to learn and how far we need to go to teach the painful history of Indigenous cultures to our youth. This is exactly why we marched in the first place.

"This is a time to reiterate Nathan’s call for prayer, peace with justice and forgiveness. Our continuing hope is that we can communicate the realities of our history and perspective, increase justice for Indigenous peoples, and eventually find a place of understanding that decreases the divisions keeping us locked in a cycle of violence and hate.”


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