New video testimonial series: “I’m A Proud Native American, And Elizabeth Warren Does Not Represent Me”
The group Cherokees Demand Truth from Elizabeth Warren is now being joined by non-Cherokee Native Americans in a series of video testimonials with the theme “I’m A Proud Native American, And Elizabeth Warren Does Not Represent Me.”
The post announcing the new series states:
Natives United Against Warren has now joined Cherokees Demand Truth from Elizabeth Warren in a collaborative effort to show that Elizabeth Warren does not represent us. This project will feature a series of video clips of real Natives sharing their thoughts on Elizabeth Warren.
**If you are a real Native and would like to participate in this project, please email us through this blog by clicking on the link to the right.**
Here are the first two video testimonials:
Update: Natives United Against Warren spokesman Cole Delaune, who has written about Warren before, forwarded this statement to me:
All too often, mainstream American culture at large and the sphere of academia demonstrate a predisposition to regard Native Americans as one broad homogenous people rather than as discrete yet historically interrelated communities. Consequently, Professor Warren’s abject dishonesty vis-a-vis her extended practice of ethnic misappropriation deleteriously impacts the Cherokees, obviously, but also the numerous other tribes encompassed under the umbrella of “Native” distinction.
The precedent the Professor has established via the notions she has disseminated, in which race and heritage are abstract constructs void of custom and assumed at will, is alarming in the extreme. Similarly, her refusal to engage with Native media outlets or activitsts like Twila Barnes reflects a moral bankruptcy of potentially dangerous repercussive proportions should she succeed in her bid for Senate.
Per the barometer for tribal affiliation that Professor Warren herself has delineated in her few public statements on the subject, anyone who boasts high cheekbones “like all the Indians do,” or who spontaneously remembers that their parents eloped during the Depression, is invited to contribute a video message as long as they specify as much in their submission.