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Cherokee genealogist on Warren: “These are the people she stepped on”

Cherokee genealogist on Warren: “These are the people she stepped on”

Today, Megyn Kelly of FOX News interviewed Cherokee genealogist Twila Barnes about Elizabeth Warren’s claims to Cherokee heritage.

Legal Insurrection has been breaking news on Warren’s false claims, including extensive coverage of the genealogical records.

In the interview with Kelly, Barnes says, “there’s nothing to indicate she’s Cherokee. Her family is found nowhere among Cherokee records.”

Kelly then questioned Barnes about Warren’s claims about the “Pow Wow Chow” cookbook and Warren’s “high cheek bone” claims.

Barnes: “It’s just a story. And, honestly, I have never walked by any picture of any of my ancestors that are Indian and said, ‘they have high cheekbones. It’s just not something we say. That comment, I’m just shocked.'”

Kelly then asked, “Do you view her as a fraud, and do you view this as significant?”

In response, Barnes said, “I think this is a real issue, becuase we have issues in Indian country…and conditions sometimes that are worse than third world country living conditions….yet she thinks she can pretend to be an Indian and benefit from that and she has no clue these issues even exist. So it is important to talk about this. Because these are the people that she’s stepped on to get where she is today.”

Barnes also called for the release of any documents used for her hiring.


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Ah…the drips that keep on giving.

And, the Optional Kenyan’s chickens seem to be coming home….to ROOST…

    It’s probably all caused by Organic Food

    As it turns out, new research has determined that a judgmental attitude may just go hand in hand with exposure to organic foods. In fact, a new study published this week in the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science, has found that organic food may just make people act a bit like jerks.

She could have nipped this on day one if she’d only said that it was based on family lore, and at the time that she didn’t question whether her grandparents were telling the truth or not–she believed them. End of story.

Just like Watergate, the cover up is worse than the “crime”.

Well, she just bought another week of legs for this story!

    Mary Sue in reply to persecutor. | May 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I think you’re right but I think she felt entitled to claim Native American minority status. I just read a post by Todd Zywicki at Volockh Conspiracy. This has to be the coup de gras in Fauxcahontas scandal:

    First, let we say again what I expressed at the outset–I have known from highly-credible sources for a decade that in the past Warren identified herself as a Native American in order to put herself in a position to benefit from hiring preferences (I am certain that Brian knows this now too). She was quite outspoken about it at times in the past and, as her current defenses have suggested, she believed that she was entitled to claim it. So there would have been no reason for her to not identify as such and in fact she was apparently quite unapologetic about it at the time.

    If it is true that Warren was open about using her identification as a Native American to benefit from hiring preferences, she is done. Someone would have to go on the record I guess but the way things are falling apart with her story that could easily happen. Here’s the thing though I think this woman seriously thinks she is Cherokee and feels entitled as a result. She is borderline delusional in my humble opinion. I believe someone from Dem hierarchy has had to have tried to convince her to shut this story down. Why would she have allowed it to go on this long unless she really believes her own bull?

Elizabeth should have picked another ancestry, say, Kenyan.
Then she would have been safe from scrutiny.

I think we should run a contest, first prize a pat on the back for an appropriate campaign theme song for Lizzie’s rallies.

My entry would be “The Great Pretender”

pilgrim1949 | May 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm

By now any attempts of lil’ Lizzy to “bury the hatchet” are apt to look more like those of another Lizzy — Borden.

“What a tangled web we weave…”

New York Magazine is now predicting Pow Wow Chow will be her downfall…

    Neo in reply to EBL. | May 19, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Sounds instead like Elizabeth Warren’s great great great grandma was cooking for Le Pavilion, a fabulously expensive French restaurant in Manhattan.

    The two recipes, “Cold Omelets with Crab Meat” and “Crab with Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing,” appear in an article titled “Cold Omelets with Crab Meat,” written by Pierre Franey of the New York Times News Service that was published in the August 22, 1979 edition of the Virgin Islands Daily News, a copy of which can be seen here.
    Ms. Warren’s 1984 recipe for Crab with Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing is a word-for-word copy of Mr. Franey’s 1979 recipe.
    Mrs. Warren’s 1984 recipe for Cold Omelets with Crab Meat contains all four of the ingredients listed in Mr. Franey’s 1979 recipe in the exact same portion but lists five additional ingredients. More significantly, her instructions are virtually a word for word copy of Mr. Franey’s instructions from this 1979 article.

1. Warren’s unbridled ambition is doing her in.

It looks like she would not have achieved a tenured position in the Ivy League purely on her own merits. (I do not find Harvard’s contrary statement credible.) Yet, had she been willing to stop there, she likely would have been fine.

Instead, she sought national offices for which she is even more unqualified than for her Ivy League jobs.

Can you say…undone by greed? (Only if MA voters, as they do from time to time, heed what is in front of their noses.)

2. Warren was criticized on political grounds when she was creating her consumer commission. She did not receive in-depth scrutiny until she ran for elective office.

Yet the Left is enthusiastic about putting us in the hands of unelected “experts”. Obama calls it science.

3. Off-topic but relevant: If Warren wants to see the results of government-supported living, she need only look in the inner cities. Or on Indian reservations. The exceptions are the tribes which have found refuge via profit-making enterprises, e.g. casinos.

Same holds wrt ‘The Life of Julia’.

    Ragspierre in reply to gs. | May 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Coupla thangs…

    1. the Indian Affairs health system is a great (meaning AWFUL) exemplar of we can expect from ObamaCare

    2. several of the tribes have (or had) booming lumber, mining, and other extractive businesses…pre Obamic Decline

Addendum: Instead, she sought national offices for which she is even more unqualified than for her Ivy League jobs.

Remember, before the Cherokee stuff started coming out, there were already trial balloons for a Warren Presidency.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | May 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm

FYI, in the final two paragraphs of the post you appear to have accidently referred to Ms. Barnes as “Sharp”. When I first read it and I thought, “where did Sharp come from in this story”?

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LukeHandCool | May 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm

I’m trying to sell a modern reincarnation of an old game show to the networks where panelists try to determine the fantasy fractional composite of the guest’s racial/ethnic makeup called, “What’s My Lyin’?”

Elizabeth Warren and “Born in Kenya” literary sensation Barry Obama are slated to be the first guests.

Meanwhile, NationalReview has had to publish a retraction of its earlier claim that Warren had plagiarized from someone else’s book. Turns out it was the other way around. Maybe they could take some of the money they used to give Derbyshire and hire an editor or fact-checker or something.

Sadly for them (and their legal department), Drudge is still featuring their original accusation.

SmokeVanThorn | May 19, 2012 at 12:34 am

Warren is despicable but Barnes’ comments are inane. Warren stepped on people living in third world conditions when she obtained her faculty positions? Really? If she stepped on anyone, it was non-Indians who were equally or more qualified for the positions she was given.

    This is an indictment of the entire “Affirmative Action” culture, not to mention the federal programs.

    This country needs a national “Evens Stevens ACT” to declare an end to the past blood feuds, atrocities, and every other slight all the way down to grade school bullying that occurred prior to the end of the VietNam conflict.

    Anyone bringing up these issues after invocation of the law, will be publicly flogged with 10 lashes and left in wooden stocks for a week.

Kelly and Barnes ate Lizzie’s pow wow chow lunch. Lizzie is toast. And not the kind that you eat.