“Pocahontas” has finally turned in her headdress.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who for decades claimed she was a Native American, has finally come out and said what we’ve all known for ages: She’s no Indian.
“I am not a citizen of any tribal nation,” Warren said during a debate on CBS Boston. “Only tribes determine tribal citizenship, it’s not done by DNA.”
“I’ve put out 10 years of taxes, I’ve put out my hiring records, all the papers that anybody could find. I put out my family history, shoot, I even took a DNA test. It’s there. I am an open book,” Warren said.
But Warren’s claims fly in the face of facts.
Warren listed herself as Native American in the Association of American Law School Directory, and according to The Boston Globe, she “had her ethnicity changed from white to Native American at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she taught from 1987 to 1995, and at Harvard University Law School, where she was a tenured faculty member starting in 1995.”
Some critics say she got the Harvard slot by claiming to be American Indian. “Harvard Law School in the 1990s touted Warren, then a professor in Cambridge, as being Native American,’” CNN reported last November. “They singled her out, Warren later acknowledged, because she had listed herself as a minority in an Association of American Law Schools directory.”
A 1997 Fordham Law Review article identified the Democrat as Harvard Law’s “first woman of color.” Warren even submitted recipes to an American Indian cookbook called “Pow Wow Chow,” which was released in 1984 by the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She signed her entries “Elizabeth Warren — Cherokee.”
In her DNA test, it was determined that she might have a Native American family member (or from Central and South America) from 6 to 10 generations ago. That would make her 1/64 to 1/1,024 Native American, or 98.5% to 99.9% white.
Even after the test results, Warren still claimed Native American heritage. “The first Native American in our family that can be proved is generations back, and the geneticist says there could be others,” Warren said in an email to supporters. “No matter. It’s my family, and – like it or not Donald Trump – my family’s stories are supported by this test.”
Trump mocked Warren, writing on Twitter: “Now that her claims of being of Indian heritage have turned out to be a scam and a lie, Elizabeth Warren should apologize for perpetrating this fraud against the American Public. Harvard called her ‘a person of color’ (amazing con), and would not have taken her otherwise!”
The Cherokee Nation’s secretary of state, Chuck Hoskin Jr., also released a scathing statement saying, “a DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship.”
“Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America. Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage,” Hoskin wrote.