Remember the non-parody story about Elizabeth Warren citing her cousin’s partial editing of the early 1980s Pow Wow Chow cookbook as evidence of Warren’s Native American ancestry?
I could not figure out how Warren found that obscure text. Now we know, she submitted recipes to it, identifying herself as Cherokee. I wonder whey she didn’t just say so in the first place.
She offered a recipe on herbed tomatoes, touting them as a “great accompaniment to a plain meat and potatoes meal!” She also included a crab with tomato mayonnaise dressing dish and a Mexican oatmeal soup that included oats, onions, tomatoes and chicken broth.
“The soup sounds weird, but everyone who tries it, loves it!” Warren wrote.
Since she cited the book as evidence of ancestry, does that mean she’s also part Mexican since she submitted a Mexican recipe?
In isolation this story is a little silly, except that it’s not in isolation. Warren was touted as Native American at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard, listed herself that way in law association forms in the mid-1980s through mid-1990s, and touted herself in a cookbook as Cherokee.
Yet there is no evidence that she is Cherokee, and all the evidence is to the contrary.
I think Cherokee genealogist Twila Barnes had it right yesterday, Warren needs to come clean, tell the truth, and apologize.
Update: Twitchy is rounding up the reaction.
And, I think we figured out how to post the Howie Carr interview yesterday with Twila Barnes without it being auto-run: