Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly created issues for herself, claiming that she is Native American without any evidence and refusing to accept that her claims may just be another example of a mythological history of her family lineage.
Now, she has brought the issue back to the surface, meeting with a Native American lobbying group to try and settle her ‘Native-ness’ claims once and for all.
Warren is a Democrat Senator from the state of Massachusetts, and on Wednesday morning, she surprised the nation at a meeting with the National Congress of American Indians.
The NCAI is a civil rights organization that pushes for rights for Native Americans, similar to how the NAACP pushes for the rights of ‘colored people.’
She did not apologize for claiming repeatedly to be a Native American when she thinks it would benefit her in a debate.
Rather, she clung to claims that her mother’s family had Cherokee blood – with no mention of any proof of that, or how much Cherokee blood her mother had.
Her planned remarks also included a claim that the “story” that her mom and her dad, whose family allegedly rejected his marriage to her mother, was part of her ‘lived’ history.
Even though she can’t prove that she has a drop of Native American blood, it’s her lived history, so obviously it’s true.
She also struck out at President Trump saying that he would never be able to take that history from her.
She also continued to hold to the claim that she never used her alleged status as a ‘minority’ (or some small portion minority) for her personal gain.
The Boston Herald certainly disagreed with that account when they reported that Warren was touted in the 1990s as an example of the school’s dedication to diversity.
The Boston Herald’s investigation also turned up evidence that Elizabeth Warren, citing no solid evidence, listed herself as a Native American in a directory of law professors between 1986 and 1995.
It’s almost impossible to prove whether or not her claims of Native American minority status assisted her in furthering her career. It can be assumed that it did, as she began claiming this background during the height of the Affirmative Action movement, but no evidence can be provided one way or the other.
Further, no evidence has ever been provided that Elizabeth Warren has even one part per million Native American heritage, let alone enough to actually claim herself to be a minority (which usually requires 1/4th to 1/8th provable heritage, depending on the tribe).
The Boston Globe, not to be confused with the Herald, reported that a genealogist claimed to have found records that indicate she was at most 1/32nd Native American.
However, upon more intense review, the genealogist, Christopher Child, was found to not have located an official document (he claimed it was a marriage document saying Warren’s great-great-great grandmother was Cherokee).
Instead, he found a family newsletter that made the claim.
Now, even leftists like “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, and leftist websites like ThinkProgress are calling her out on her fictionalized family history.
At this point in time, it seems like her claims of Native American blood is nonsensical and that she, like so many, simply clings to a fictitious family history.
Even if they were true, the only evidence that Elizabeth Warren has is that her GREAT GREAT GREAT GRANDMOTHER, not her MOTHER, was a Cherokee Indian. With a full-blooded Native American as her great great great grandma, Elizabeth Warren is at most 1/32nd Native American.
In other words, Warren is, at most, Native American enough that it doesn’t matter one iota to anyone, to the point where her Native American heritage is impossible to perceive.
While meeting with the NCAI, Elizabeth Warren promised that she would be a stronger advocate of Native American needs (which is odd as she outright ignores the best thing that could be done for those living on tribal lands).
If Elizabeth Warren is so keen to prove herself to be a friend to actual Native Americans who can prove their backgrounds, perhaps she should spend some time putting forward policies that will actually help Native Americans.
Though it goes against almost everything Warren has ever done, there is one thing that Native Americans would almost certainly benefit from.
Currently, reservation lands are operated under a federal trust.
Anything that Native Americans on the reservation want to do with the land that involves people who aren’t Natives takes years to accomplish. Because of this, Native American reservations are underutilized, with lands generally undeveloped.
Allowing reservations to be treated like normal lands, owned solely by Native Americans, would improve their lives and allow them to make better use of the land.
But then again, that’s the kind of thing that real Native Americans tend to worry about. It’s not a worry for faux Natives with a story to tell.