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    Second-largest U.S. Indian tribe expels slave descendants

    By Steve Olafson | Reuters – 11 hrs ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The nation's second-largest Indian tribe formally booted from membership thousands of descendants of black slaves who were brought to Oklahoma more than 170 years ago by Native American owners.

    The Cherokee nation voted after the Civil War to admit the slave descendants to the tribe.

    But on Monday, the Cherokee nation Supreme Court ruled that a 2007 tribal decision to kick the so-called "Freedmen" out of the tribe was proper.

    The controversy stems from a footnote in the brutal history of U.S. treatment of Native Americans. When many Indians were forced to move to what later became Oklahoma from the eastern U.S. in 1838, some who had owned plantations in the South brought along their slaves.

    Some 4,000 Indians died during the forced march, which became known as the "Trail of Tears."

    "And our ancestors carried the baggage," said Marilyn Vann, the Freedman leader who is a plaintiff in the legal battle.

    Officially, there are about 2,800 Freedmen, but another 3,500 have tribal membership applications pending, and there could be as many as 25,000 eligible to enter the tribe, according to Vann.

    The tribal court decision was announced one day before absentee ballots were to be mailed in the election of the Cherokee Principal Chief.

    "This is racism and apartheid in the 21st Century," said Vann, an engineer who lives in Oklahoma City.

    Spokesmen for the tribe did not respond when asked to comment.

    The move to exclude the Freedmen has rankled some African American members of Congress, which has jurisdiction over all Native American tribes in the country.

    A lawsuit challenging the Freedman's removal from the tribe has been pending in federal court in Washington, for about six years.

    As a sovereign nation, Cherokee Nation officials maintain that the tribe has the right to amend its constitutional membership requirements.

    Removal from the membership rolls means the Freedmen will no longer be eligible for free health care and other benefits such as education concessions.

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    The reason why this article caught my attention is because there is cherokee blood in my family and we are black. The fact that there is probably cherokee blood in all races out there, once again there is segregation rearing it's ugly head. They are trying to make it sound like they are doing past slave ancestors a favor by kicking them to the curb because it was a mistake to own slaves. Some of us are so "over" the past and trying to make a better future. We can't turn back time.

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    Now this will be interesting to keep up with. American Indians do not feel they owe modern day Afrcan Americans a place in their tribe because of something they personally had nothing to do with. There are quite a few non American Indians who feel the same way, but they are called bigots.

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    If you are a Native American, you should do as the members of your tribe dictates. It seems to be an exclusive club you can't buy into. I think it is a rule enforced by DNA to be or not to be part and parcel of your tribe. I say let the Native American do as he feels is right and just. I don't think it is too much to ask after losing your entire world to the Europeans
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    Cherokees told to take back slaves' descendants
    By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS - Associated Press | AP – 23 hrs ago


    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A federal order for one of the nation's largest American Indian tribes to restore voting rights and benefits to about 2,800 descendants of members' former slaves threw plans for a special election for a new chief into turmoil Tuesday.

    The federal government sent the sternly-worded letter to the Cherokee Nation after it sent letters last week kicking the descendants out of the tribe and stripping them of benefits including medical care, food stipends and assistance for low-income homeowners.

    The tribe also barred the descendants from voting in a Sept. 24 special election for principal chief. The Cherokee Supreme Court ordered the special election after it said it could not determine with certainty the outcome of a close and hotly contested June election between incumbent Chad Smith and longtime tribal councilman Bill John Baker. The results had flip-flopped between the two during weeks of counts and recounts. Baker had twice been declared winner, but so had Smith.

    The federal government said that unless the descendants, known as freedmen, were allowed to vote, the upcoming election wouldn't be valid. "I urge you to consider carefully the nation's next steps in proceeding with an election that does not comply with federal law," Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk wrote in letter Friday to acting Chief S. Joe Crittenden. "The department will not recognize any action taken by the nation that is inconsistent with these principles and does not accord its freedmen members full rights of citizenship."

    Crittenden said the special election would take place as scheduled. "The Cherokee Nation will not be governed by the (Bureau of Indian Affairs)," he said. "We will hold our election and continue our long legacy of responsible self-governance."

    The election has drawn national interest because while the tribe is based in Tahlequah, many of its 300,000 members live outside Oklahoma.

    The freedmen have asked a federal judge to restore their voting rights before the special election, and a hearing is planned next week in federal court in Washington. The tribe never owned black slaves, but some individual members did. They were freed after the Civil War, in which the tribe allied with the Confederacy. An 1866 treaty between the tribe and the federal government gave the freedmen and their descendants "all the rights of native Cherokees."

    More than 76 percent of Cherokee voters approved a 2007 amendment removing the freedmen and other non-Indians from the tribal rolls, but no action was taken until the tribe's Supreme Court upheld the results of that special election last month. Cherokee leaders who backed the amendment, including Smith, said the vote was about the fundamental right of every government to determine its citizens, not about racial exclusion.

    But the Department of the Interior said Tuesday that it still believes the expulsion is unconstitutional because it violates the 1866 treaty. Marilyn Vann, president of the Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes, said she hopes the federal order will result in the election being delayed. "The freedmen people still have rights in the tribe such as voting," Vann said Tuesday. "We'll have our day in court."


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    Cherokee Indians say they will not be dictated to by U.S.
    By Steve Olafson | Reuters – 19 hrs ago


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    OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The nation's second-largest Indian tribe said on Tuesday that it would not be dictated to by the U.S. government over its move to banish 2,800 African Americans from its citizenship rolls.

    "The Cherokee Nation will not be governed by the BIA," Joe Crittenden, the tribe's acting principal chief, said in a statement responding to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.

    Crittenden, who leads the tribe until a new principal chief is elected, went on to complain about unnamed congressmen meddling in the tribe's self-governance.

    The reaction follows a letter the tribe received on Monday from BIA Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk, who warned that the results of the September 24 Cherokee election for principal chief will not be recognized by the U.S. government if the ousted members, known to some as "Cherokee Freedmen," are not allowed to vote.

    The dispute stems from the fact that some wealthy Cherokee owned black slaves who worked on their plantations in the South. By the 1830s, most of the tribe was forced to relocate to present-day Oklahoma, and many took their slaves with them. The so-called Freedmen are descendants of those slaves.

    After the Civil War, in which the Cherokee fought for the South, a treaty was signed in 1866 guaranteeing tribal citizenship for the freed slaves.

    The U.S. government said that the 1866 treaty between the Cherokee tribe and the U.S. government guaranteed that the slaves were tribal citizens, whether or not they had a Cherokee blood relation.

    The African Americans lost their citizenship last month when the Cherokee Supreme Court voted to support the right of tribal members to change the tribe's constitution on citizenship matters.

    The change meant that Cherokee Freedmen who could not prove they have a Cherokee blood relation were no longer citizens, making them ineligible to vote in tribal elections or receive benefits.

    Besides pressure from the BIA to accept the 1866 Treaty as the law of the land, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is withholding a $33 million disbursement to the tribe over the Freedmen controversy.

    Attorneys in a federal lawsuit in Washington are asking a judge to restore voting rights for the ousted Cherokee Freedmen in time for the September 24 tribal election for Principal Chief.

    (Editing by Greg McCune)

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    according to family history, I am part cherokee, but i certainly do not qualify, nor should i expect the Cherokee nation to acknowledge me as part of thier tribe. What this would do is set a legal precadent and then everyone that has claimed to be part indian would have to be allowed into the tribe. Its just stupid. you should have to be INDIAN to be in an INDIAN tribe.
    My ancestors lived in Texas when it was part of Mexico, so legally they were Mexican citizens. Should I be allowed to claim I am a Latin American because of that fact? NO.

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    It's about time the Indians stood up for their autonomy. But why call these guys African American if they are members of the Indian nation. They wouldn't be Americans they'd be African Indians. I'm sick of everyone claiming American in their hyphenated names. You're either an American or not

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    Native American group: Elizabeth Warren ‘better be able to defend’ ancestry claim
    The Daily Caller – 9 hrs ago


    A prominent Native American group says Massachusetts Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren had “better be able to defend” her past claims of being an Indian-American minority.

    The Democratic candidate is facing questions about her heritage following the revelation on Friday that she described herself as a Native American minority in professional law school directories during the 1980s and ’90s.

    “Once you put that down, you better be able to defend it,” Ray Ramirez of the Native American Rights Fund told The Daily Caller on Monday.

    Warren, who no longer publicly refers to herself as Native American, has disputed that she claimed Indian-American minority status then to give herself a professional advantage.

    Asked for evidence of her ancestry to back up the candidate’s past statements, a Warren spokeswoman told TheDC on Monday that the campaign is “working on digging up some sort of evidence to appease” inquirers.

    But the campaign hasn’t been able to immediately provide any documentation. The Boston Herald reported Friday that the Warren campaign said the “tales of Warren’s Cherokee and Delaware tribe ancestors have been passed down through family lore.”

    Ramirez said anyone who claims in writing to be a Native American should have some sort of supporting documentation. “If you’re a member of a federally recognized tribe, then that means you would have a tribal enrollment number,” he said. (RELATED: Warren campaign says it’s digging up evidence of Native American heritage to satisfy the press)

    “If you just heard it from family members,” Ramirez added, ”and really have no documentation, I guess it’s best not to ever put that down.”

    According to the website of the Native American Rights Fund, “There exists no universally accepted rule for establishing a person’s identity as an Indian” but as “a general principle an Indian is a person who is of some degree Indian blood and is recognized as an Indian by a tribe/village and/or the United States.”

    Warren is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown for the Massachusetts Senate seat once held by the late Ted Kennedy.

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    If you're going to claim to be indian, perhaps you shouldn't be the whitest person in the room.

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    Warren: Its just a little lie, why cant you see through the Republicans tricks? After all, its Bushs fault.

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    It's funny that Indians whose history consisted entirely of oral history prior to the 19th and if not 20th century because they had no written language are so dismissive of the oral history of non-Indian families. On the other, it is one thing to have Indian ancestry and another to actually be an Indian, and if all you have is an oral history of the former, you shouldn't claim to be the latter, and you certainly shouldn't seek some sort of minority preference based on it. If Ms. Warren did that, that would be very wrong.

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    Minority student loans. Minority contracts. Tax breaks for being a member of a Indian tribe. Dozens of ways to get over if you can claim to be an Native American. A DNA test would settle this problem.

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    Minority student loans. Minority contracts. Tax breaks for being a member of a Indian tribe. Dozens of ways to get over if you can claim to be an Native American. A DNA test would settle this problem.

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    A lot of folks have family members who insist there was an "injun in the woodpile" including my own (A great grandfather,... who was purportedly 1/2 Lakota back in the general area of Nebraska..._), but as one poster has already said,... a D.N.A. test would settle any such questions these days if one is interested enough to go to the trouble.....
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    Phony Indian Elizabeth Warren Claimed She Was Native American For Harvard Job… She’s Not
    Posted by Jim Hoft on Sunday, April 29, 2012, 8:05 PM

    Far left Democrat Elizabeth Warren claimed she was a native American at Harvard for years. She’s not.

    The Boston Herald reported: http://bostonherald.com/news/politic...eid=1061127621

    Elizabeth Warren said she had no idea until she read the Herald today her Native American heritage was touted by Harvard Law School as proof of their faculty’s diversity in the 1990s — a fact her rival wants her to apologize for.

    “I think I read it on the front page of the Herald,” Warren said when asked about the issue.

    “I don’t even remember,” she added when asked about a 1996 Harvard Crimson article that quoted a then-law school spokesman touting her minority status. “You’re trying to raise something from 15 years ago.”

    Her GOP Senate rival, U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, said today the story raises “some questions that need to be answered.” Brown’s campaign went further calling on Warren to apologize for allowing Harvard to claim she was part Native American.

    “For years, Harvard has claimed special minority status for Professor Elizabeth Warren as a member of a Native American tribe and their first minority hire,” said Jim Barnett, campaign manager for Brown. “That Warren allowed Harvard to hold her up as an example of their commitment to diversity in the hiring of historically disadvantaged communities is an insult to all Americans who have suffered real discrimination and mistreatment, and Warren should apologize for participating in this hypocritical sham.”

    Warren, who has not provided any documentation on her Native American heritage, said she is “proud” of her lineage. "“These are my family stories,” she said. “This is our lives and I am very proud of that.”
    via Instapundit: http://noticias.terra.es/fotos/actua...n-barcelona-03

    The old AALS Directory of Faculty guides are online (through academic libraries) at Hein Online. The directories starting listing minority faculty in an appendix in 1986. There’s Elizabeth Warren, listed as a professor at Texas. I spot-checked three additional directories from when she was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, including 1995-96, the year Harvard offered her a position. Elizabeth Warren, Elizabeth Warren, Elizabeth Warren.

    So, we know one thing with almost 100% certainty: Elizabeth Warren identified herself as a minority law professor. We know something else with 90%+ certainty: (at least some) folks at Harvard were almost certainly aware that she identified as a minority law professor, though they may not have known which ethnic group she claimed to be belong to, and it may not have played any role in her hiring.

    But it gets even more interesting: once Warren joined the Harvard faculty, she dropped off the list of minority law faculty. Now that’s passing strange. When the AALS directory form came around before Warren arrived at Harvard, she was proud enough of her Native American ancestry to ask that she be listed among the minority law professors. (Or, in the unlikely even that she just allowed law school administrators to fill out the forms for her without reviewing them, they were aware that she claimed such ancestry, and she didn’t object when she was listed.) Once she arrived at Harvard, however, she no longer chose to be listed as a minority law professor.
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012...-job-shes-not/

    UPDATE: This story reminded me of the 1980s case of the twin red-haired Boston firefighters who claimed to be black, based on a photo of a great-grandmother and alleged oral history. While I remembered that they had gotten fired for their alleged fraud, I didn’t remember this detail:

    Under current rules, said [general counsel to the state personnel office] Ms. Dale, candidates who say they are members of minority groups are judged by appearance, documented personal history and identification with a minority community. Disputes over claims of minority status are resolved by the Department of Personnel Administration.
    And indeed, there eventually was a two-day administrative hearing, in which the hearing officer determined that the twins failed all three criteria, and thus were not black. A judge upheld the ruling, finding that the twins had claimed minority status in bad faith.I have to admit being under the impression until now that as a legal matter, minority status was an in issue of self-reporting. But at least in the Massachusetts Civil Service system, one can get fired for “racial fraud.”

    http://volokh.com/2012/04/28/elizabe...nority-status/
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    Elizabeth Warren campaign, challenged on Native American heritage claims, ‘digging up some sort of evidence to appease you’
    Published: 2:50 PM 04/30/2012


    Massachusetts senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren described herself in law-school professional directories as a Native American minority from 1986 to 1995.

    The white Democratic candidate has so far offered no evidence that she is, in fact, part Native American, suggesting that she may have falsified that ethnic credential to advance her academic career in the early affirmative-action era. But “it is true,” a Warren spokeswoman told The Daily Caller on Monday, “and we’re working on digging up some sort of evidence to appease you.”

    Another Warren spokeswoman shot back at the campaign of incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown, whom Warren is challenging for the senate seat once held by the late Ted Kennedy. “If Scott Brown has questions about Elizabeth Warren’s well-known qualifications — from her high marks as a teacher to her nationally recognized work on bankruptcy and the pressures on middle class families — he ought to ask them directly instead of hiding behind the nasty insinuations of his campaign and trying to score political points,” spokeswoman Mindy Myers said in a statement.

    Harvard University’s decision to promote Warren as a minority faculty member brought the issue front-and-center, but the Boston Herald reported Monday that Warren described herself that way when she taught at the University of Texas and the University of Pennsylvania. American law school directories listed Warren as a minority professor for nine years before Harvard scooped her up, and Harvard apparently used that information to promote her as a minority, the Herald first reported Friday.

    Warren’s campaign claims she did not know Harvard was promoting her as its law school’s only Native American professor and one of only a handful of “minority” faculty members. She does have Native American blood, the campaign said, but didn’t use that to get her job at Harvard. “The simple fact is that Elizabeth is proud of her heritage,” Warren spokeswoman Alethea Harney said.

    In a statement Friday, Brown’s campaign manager said she should apologize. On Monday the campaign told the Herald that Warren should “come clean” about falsely claiming to be a minority. Campaign manager Jim Barnett said that Warren allowed Harvard to conduct a “diversity sham.”

    “For years, Harvard has claimed special minority status for Professor Elizabeth Warren as a member of a Native American tribe and their first minority hire,” Barnett said. “That Warren allowed Harvard to hold her up as an example of their commitment to diversity in the hiring of historically disadvantaged communities is an insult to all Americans who have suffered real discrimination and mistreatment, and Warren should apologize for participating in this hypocritical sham.”

    Warren’s campaign has yet to say when it will release the evidence it claims to have to support Warren’s contention that she is part Native American. The campaign also has not responded to TheDC’s question about how much Native American blood she has, or how much is the minimum required before she could legitimately claim that heritage.


    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/30/el...#ixzz1tciX5ruW

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    This is all easily explained. The law school professional directory simply misspelled "Naive American" and accidently inserted a "t" so that it became "Native American."

    But considering that Ms. Warren is a Democrat, one wonders how that error was overlooked for so many years.

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    As a true person of native american heritage I think your naive comment was too kind. This woman, like many other democrats all too often take advantage of minority groups. This was no accident or over-sight. Shame on mzzzzz waren she is as much of a fraud as her boss Obama. I'm sure they will come up with some remote birth certificate that oddly notes she is both1.32nd part native american and a member of the daughters of the american revolution. Honesty is not a democratic trait.

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    Yea, yea, I'm from Oklahoma, all of our great, great grandmothers were one quarter Cherokee. Sure! Right! Everybody is part Indian. I bet you if you were, you passed for white unless you saw a scholarship coming your way. Hypocrite. I bet no one at NW Classen High School thought you were an indian.

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    I am a half black muslim lesbian in a wheel chair. I may not look like it, but if you ask me for proof then you are a racist and you should shutup and worry about more important issues.



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    Elizabeth Warren, Native American?
    By Jim Geraghty April 27, 2012 9:53 A.M.


    I doubt this will move many votes in the Massachusetts Senate race, but it does illustrate how pursuit of “diversity” in higher education can drive institutions to make rather implausible claims:
    Elizabeth Warren’s avowed Native American heritage — which the candidate rarely if ever discusses on the campaign trail — was once touted by embattled Harvard Law School officials who cited her claim as proof of their faculty’s diversity.

    Warren’s claim, which surfaced yesterday after a Herald inquiry, put the candidate in an awkward position as campaign aides last night scrambled but failed to produce documents proving her family lineage. Aides said the tales of Warren’s Cherokee and Delaware tribe ancestors have been passed down through family lore.

    . . . Fried said he learned about Warren’s Cherokee and Delaware background later when he found a picture of Warren’s mother and asked her about it. Both Warren’s grandparents on her mother’s side had Native American lineage, her campaign said yesterday.
    (Warren’s birth surname is Herring, which is an Anglo-Saxon name.)

    Thankfully, it appears that some recognize the ludicrousness of claiming minority status based upon the identity of one’s great-grandparents:


    Sarah Marston, the current spokeswoman at Harvard Law School, said the school has had a change of heart when it comes to discussing Warren’s heritiage.

    “The Law School’s current policy is to refrain from publicly commenting about the race or ethnicity of individual faculty members,” Marston said in a statement.
    Back in 2005, NR’s John J. Miller took a look at the phenomenon of “fake Indians” after Ward Churchill grabbed the public spotlight: http://old.nationalreview.com/flashb...0601271228.asp

    Between 1960 and 2000, the number of Americans claiming Indian ancestry on their census forms jumped by a factor of six. Neither birthrates nor counting methodologies can account for this explosive growth. Instead, the phenomenon arises in large part from the increasingly idealistic place Indians occupy in the popular imagination. Much of it is based on harmless sentiment mixed into a hash of unverifiable family legends and wishful thinking among folks who hang dreamcatchers from their rearview mirrors. But for a distinct subset, it’s all about personal profit. They’re professional imposters who have built entire careers by putting the sham into shaman.
    Of course, there’s nothing new about white political figures attempting to spotlight a distant tie to a Native American ancestor. Native American author Sherman Alexie shared this anecdote: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2003...atures.fiction

    When President Clinton was still in the White House in 1998, he invited Alexie and a small group of others to take part in a televised “Dialogue on Race” forum. “He said, ‘Sherman, before I was president, the only thing I knew about Indians was that my grandmother was part Cherokee.’”

    “Later on, I was asked if Indians were part of the national dialogue on race. I said ‘No, the only time white folks talk to me about Indians is when they tell me their grandmothers were part Cherokee.’ As the show wore on, I thought ‘Oh, my God, I gave the president s*** — the president!’ Afterwards I was scared and tried to hide — and he came across to me and grabbed me by the shoulder and leaned in close to me and said, ‘Sherman, you’re f***ing funny!’”
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    E-Mail From Bert the Samoan Lawyer
    Posted on | May 1, 2012


    What? You doubt that he’s actually Samoan? What kind of vicious racist hatemonger are you, to doubt Bert the Samoan Lawyer?

    It’s impossible to be sure about this Elizabeth Warren/Native American thing but I will bet you … a Ruth’s Chris dinner the next time [you are] in Alabama that if Elizabeth Warren was listing herself as a “Native American” minority while teaching law at Texas and Penn (in faculty directories) she was using that claim to get preferential treatment in hiring at those places. Remember Ward Churchill? Claiming Native American ancestry is a known scam, especially useful at state universities that are, to put it mildly, obsessed with ethnic diversity in the professoriate. It also turns up a lot with people who want to run gambling operations free of state-law impediments.

    In addition, there are about 1,000 contexts in which falsely claiming minority status is a federal crime.

    The non-denial denials coming out of Warren’s campaign coupled with the lame attempt to paint Scott Brown as conducting a war on women by calling Warren on this suggest to me that this story is going to have legs. Long ones.

    This woman almost became the top cop of the entire financial industry. Maybe she’ll pull a Geithner: “so what if I cheated on my taxes; now I run the Treasury!” But I’m hoping the investigative blogosphere will get on this hard. There is almost no way she could have listed herself as a minority in a faculty directory if she was not doing so on more official documents.
    While Bert’s Samoan authenticity is beyond doubt, the Native American authenticity of Elizabeth “Dances With Socialists” Warren is being mocked by Allahpundit, Instapundit, William Jacobson, Moe Lane, Weasel Zippers, Tom Maguire, Mark Steyn, Ace of Spades and Ace of Spades — really, she needed mocking twice by Ace — to say nothing of every talk-radio host within range of a microphone.

    Somehow, despite the vigorous denials Harvard Law is issuing to the New York Times, and even though she’s “working on digging up some sort of evidence to appease you,” I’m thinking this “Cherokee Princess” bit is pretty much the nail in the coffin of Warren’s campaign.

    Imagine you’re a blue-collar Irish Democrat in Boston. Your kid didn’t get into Harvard, did he? This rich blonde Harvard professor who gets paid half a million bucks a year claims she’s the great-great-grandaughter of Pocahontas or something?

    http://theothermccain.com/2012/05/01...samoan-lawyer/
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    While the "Cherokee Princess" phenomenon is an irritating and tasteless display of both privilege and historical ignorance (princess, really?), it is also frustrating that many people have reached the point of assuming that anyone who isn't readily identifiable as Indian, but who mentions native ancestry, is participating in that phenomenon. Also, there is such a thing as a pale Native American. Try not to peg someone's ancestry based on looks unless you are an expert at genealogy and recessive traits.

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    Elizabeth Warren and the Oppression Olympics
    By Michelle Malkin • May 2, 2012 08:33 AM

    Elizabeth Warren is the Harvard law professor running for Senate in Massachusetts as a Democratic populist-progressive champion. But don’t call her “Elizabeth Warren.” Call her “Pinocchio-hontas,” “Chief Full-of-Lies,” “Running Joke” or “Sacaja-whiner.”

    Warren has claimed questionable Native American minority status for years to reap career “diversity” benefits. Now, Cherokee leaders, campaign rival GOP Sen. Scott Brown and an army of Twitter detractors have called her out for gaming the racial-preference system. Live by identity politics, die by identity politics.

    The Boston Herald reported last Friday that Harvard administrators “prominently touted Warren’s Native American background … in an effort to bolster their diversity hiring record in the ’90s as the school came under heavy fire for a faculty that was then predominantly white and male.” When asked for proof of her tribal heritage, Warren’s campaign first denied that she had ever bragged about it. But from 1986 to 1995, Warren listed herself as a minority professor in a professional law school directory.

    While the Democrat’s team scrounged for evidence over the weekend, Warren stalled for time by asserting that she didn’t need to provide documentation because family “lore” backed her up. Someone told her a story, you see, and magically conferred native status upon her. Through narrative, all things are possible! (Notorious “fake Indian” Ward Churchill is wondering why he didn’t think of this alibi first before the University of Colorado at Boulder fired him for academic fraud.)

    On Tuesday, Warren finally discovered a great-great-great-grandmother supposedly “certified as Cherokee” and a random cousin somehow involved with a museum that preserves Native American art. There’s also a great-great-grandfather somewhere in Warren’s dusty genealogical records who spent time on a Cherokee reservation. Because walking a mile in someone else’s moccasins is now just as good as being born in them.

    Native American officials aren’t buying Warren’s 1/10,000th Cherokee claim. Suzan Shown Harjo, a former executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, told the Herald: “If you believe you are these things then that’s fine and dandy, but that doesn’t give you the right to claim yourself as Native American.”

    When Brown raised the issue, Warren and her progressive strategists traded in the candidate’s Native American blanket for a War on Women victim’s mask — because asking a privileged Harvard prof to verify her minority claims is sexist, of course.

    “If Scott Brown has questions about Elizabeth Warren’s well-known qualifications,” her campaign manager railed, “he ought to ask them directly instead of hiding behind the nasty insinuations of his campaign and trying to score political points. Once again, the qualifications and ability of a woman are being called into question by Scott Brown, who did the same thing with the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan. It’s outrageous.”

    Once again, the left’s incurable love affair with oppression chic is on naked display. It’s an Olympic competition of the haves to show their have-not cred. Just a few weeks ago, it was the White House tokenizing Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor — the “wise Latina” — as “disabled” in an official graph promoting the administration’s minority hiring practices. http://www.mediaite.com/online/white...nia-sotomayor/ What’s her disability? She has diabetes. No, it’s not debilitating, nor does it fall anywhere near the definition of disability under federal law.

    But like their friend Elizabeth Warren, the Ivy League social engineers at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. just couldn’t help embellishing their “diversity” record to score political correctness points. Birds of a manufactured feather flock together.

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    Update: Obama to appear in campaign ad with Warren. http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-...en-122244.html

    Professor William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection: http://networkedblogs.com/x97Ct

    Given that until two days ago Warren relied soley on family “lore” for the claim, and even now all there is is a possibility of a great-great-great grandmother who was Cherokee, the issue is why Warren claimed the status at all.

    …Why would Elizabeth Warren, who never suffered an ounce of discrimination on the basis of her alleged Native American status, whose parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and great great grandparents also suffered no such discrimination, feel justified in claiming such status, which she must have known would accrue to her benefit even if such benefit were not provable?
    In the game of Oppression Olympics, if you feel discriminated against by the patriarchal hegemony, you are discriminated against by the patriarchal hegemony. No questions asked. Claim first, proof later.

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    O' Reilly quote----"She claims she is native American because she was born in Oklahoma or something like that." LOL

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    Elizabeth Warren’s ancestor traced back to Trail of Tears! …On the side holding the guns.
    Also: the new character assassination term of art is "Fauxcahontis." Please update accordingly.
    Moe Lane ~ Tuesday, May 8th at 4:30PM EDT

    Yeah, when’s that primary in Massachusetts, again? Because the general election is going to be a trip: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Governm...Trail-of-Tears

    …the most stunning discovery about the life of O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford is that her husband, Ms. Warren’s great-great-great grandfather, was apparently a member of the Tennessee Militia who rounded up Cherokees from their family homes in the Southeastern United States and herded them into government-built stockades in what was then called Ross’s Landing (now Chattanooga), Tennessee—the point of origin for the horrific Trail of Tears, which began in January, 1837.
    In case you were wondering: O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford is Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Cherokee’ ancestor; and by ‘Cherokee’ I mean ‘actually probably Swedish.’ See AoSHQ for more. http://minx.cc/?post=329082 Also, see Legal Insurrection for the original revelation. http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/05...cherokee-saga/

    The question is, of course, whether bringing all of this up is actually transcendentally mean of me. For example: it’s not Elizabeth Warren’s fault that one of her ancestors was involved in ethnic cleansing; deeply ironic, since he was displacing the very people that his descendant bragged about being a member of, but genealogy is like that. And its certainly true that the attitudes of that time period are mostly of historical interest today. Distasteful historical interest, at that. Lastly: it is simply not fair that I am comfortably able to kick Elizabeth Warren in the shins over this, given that (according to my family’s oral tradition) my own ancestors: a, almost all came over to America in the Twentieth Century and b, were extremely careful to use a variety of aliases when filling out the paperwork – which effectively means that potentially embarrassing revelations of this nature are not really likely to occur for me.

    Still. Don’t identity politics suck, at least when one is on the receiving end? Maybe now Elizabeth Warren will finally get why hyper-awareness of one’s ethnic origins is sometimes not an optimal way of interacting with the world… oh, who am I kidding? She’s a liberal academic: it’ll take more than this to pierce her epistemic closure bubble…




    PS: Just for the record, though: it is not unfair to kick Elizabeth Warren in the shins a few times and see how she responds. Every national candidate (not named Barack Obama, at least*) of recent memory has been subjected to this fun-house meat grinder: if Elizabeth ‘Fauxcahontis’ Warren is handling it badly then that’s really her fault, not ours.

    What’s that? This is why normal** people don’t go into politics? Yeah, sure, whatever, those grapes probably are sour anyway.

    *And he’s almost as bad at handling being smacked around as Warren is.

    **Astoundingly, there really are folks out there who think that a Harvard law professor and professional policy irritant qualifies as a ‘normal person.’

    http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/201...ding-the-guns/

    May 08, 2012

    Wrong Branch In Elizabeth Warren's Family Tree

    Ooops - a genealogist discovers that not only is Ms. Warren probably not descended from a Cherokee, she is descended from a man who helped round up the Cherokee. I guess that is why she skips the Harvard powwow. http://www.bostonherald.com/track/in...ome&position=5

    Scott Brown is upping the ante by calling on Ms. Warren to release the relevant application records: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...RqAU_blog.html

    “Serious questions have been raised about the legitimacy of Elizabeth Warren's claims to Native American ancestry and whether it was appropriate for her to assume minority status as a college professor,” Brown said in a statement. “Her changing stories, contradictions and refusal to answer legitimate questions have cast doubt on her credibility and called into question the diversity practices at Harvard.”

    Brown added that to clear up any confusion Warren should “authorize the release of her law school applications and all personnel files from the various universities where she has taught.”
    A few weeks back I would have guessed this to be a dead end; Ms. Warren was listed in the law school directory as a minority and my guess would have been that prospective employess would be dscreet enough to rely on that rather than other documentation.

    However, if the documentation were helpful to Ms. Warren's cause one might have expected her to have released it by now, so Scott Brown may come up aces here.


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