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Rebecca Nagle, a female member of the Cherokee Nation, has published an editorial in Think Progress – yes, Think Progress! – calling Senator Elizabeth Warren a fraud and a racist for faking her way into a Harvard tenureship by faking a Native heritage.
“In defending her supposed Native identity, Warren has drawn from both racist stereotypes and easily refutable stories,” she writes.
Warren has done absolutely zero to advance the rights or well-being of Native Americans, the editorial claims, pointing out that the Senator has avoided meeting Cherokee leaders and that no real Native Americans actually know her.
More from Think Progress:
In defending her supposed Native identity, Warren has drawn from both racist stereotypes and easily refutable stories about her family.
At a 2012 press conference Warren stated that her family knew her grandfather was “part” Cherokee because “he had high cheekbones like all of the Indians.”
Cherokee genealogists have pored through her family history to find that “None of her direct line ancestors are ever shown to be anything other than white, dating back to long before the Trail of Tears.” To add insult to injury, despite Warren’s public claims of Native American heritage, she has decidedly avoided talking with Native leaders and, in 2012, refused to meet with a group of Cherokee women at the Democratic National Convention.
As Cherokee Nation citizen and community activist David Cornsilk told me, “We don’t get to celebrate her, because we don’t know her. She is not related to us, she does not live in our community. She is not our conduit to the Senate.” “
“We are not celebrating her in the Tribal newspaper. Elizabeth Warren is nothing to us.”
Let’s see if Pocahontas will call the left-wing media and the Cherokee Tribe “racists” now.