In Elizabeth Warren’s new book, A Fighting Chance, Warren claims to be “hurt and angry” that people criticized her claim to be Native American, specifically Cherokee.  Warren blamed the Scott Brown campaign, the local Republican Party, and “some blogger.”

In fact, Warren has no one to blame but herself for her false claim to be Cherokee.  Read Elizabeth Warren Wiki, and these posts responding to the claims in her book:

Warren will be launching a nationwide book tour.  Someone who wants to meet Warren is Twila Barnes.

Barnes is the Cherokee Genealogist whose groundbreaking genealogical research exposed the falsehood to Warren’s claims.  Barnes and her team of Cherokee genealogists traced Warren’s family lines back to the early 1800s and documented that Warren’s family not only was not Cherokee or other Native American, but also that they never lived as such:

Barnes also debunked much of the “family lore” used by Warren to justify claiming Native American status.  One of my favorites was Barnes’ discovery that Warren’s maternal great grandfather, on the supposedly Cherokee bloodline, was featured in the local newspaper in 1906 as being white and having shot an Indian. And also Barnes’ discovery that Warren’s parents’ wedding was joyously announced in the local newspaper, which would contradict Warren’s claim that her parents had to elope because her father’s family would not tolerate their son marrying an Indian.

When it was discovered that Warren had claimed minority status in the 1980’s in a law directory used for recruiting, Warren responded that she listed herself that way to meet other Native Americans, perhaps for lunch.  (Seriously.)

But when Barnes and other Cherokee women flew to Boston to try to meet with Warren to present the genealogical evidence that Warren was not actually Cherokee, Warren not only refused, she used her communications team to attack the women.  The Cherokee women never got to meet Warren.

Now that Warren is traveling the country on her book tour, Barnes finally wants to meet Warren at one of the tour stops, and will try to arrange a group of Cherokee women to attend one of the book signings.

When Barnes contacted me and told me of the plan to attend one of the book signings (and the difficulty she might encounter), I asked her for a statement.  Here it is:

“We would still like to meet with Senator Warren and share information with her. She’s in a position to make a difference for American Indians if she would be willing to meet with us and listen to our concerns. It’s just my opinion, but I think it would be an opportunity to take something negative from the past and turn it into something positive for the future.”

Sounds like a plan.

I wonder if Warren finally will agree to meet Cherokee women to better understand why they are “hurt and angry” that Warren falsely adopted their identity to try to advance her career and then discarded that identity once Warren got tenure at Harvard Law School.

Perhaps they could meet for lunch.

(Featured Image Source: Video, Elizabeth Warren runs when asked about being Woman of Color]


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