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Elizabeth Warren's Native Am. Ancestry Questioned

Posted: Sep 06, 2012


With the Democratic National Convention (DNC) under way, U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is facing criticism from several American Indian delegates who are pressing her for a meeting during the event to talk about her claims of Native ancestry.

Warren, running as a Democrat in Massachusetts, has said family folklore indicates she is some part Cherokee, but genealogical research hasn’t supported that notion, and she is not enrolled in any tribe. She has also not been known to be active or close with any Indian communities, organizations, or individuals.

Harvard Law School touted her as Native American after she was hired there in the 1990s and after she listed herself as minority in a law directory, but neither the school, nor Warren, had any proof that she is Native.

The Boston press is hounding Warren, who spoke at the Charlotte, North Carolina-based convention on the evening of September 5, to come clean on why she has not met with American Indians to discuss her claims, which gained nationwide attention in late-April.

Warren has said she has already responded to questions about her heritage, but many questions linger.

Read the full report here.


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