Elizabeth Warren is an American Indian woman running for Senate in Massachusetts against Scott Brown (R – but not really, more like a centrist moderate with some liberal tendencies). However, when you think of an American Indian does a blond-haired, blue-eyed person come to mind? No? Really? I mean that isn’t the first thing you think of? I can hardly believe it. I mean Elizabeth Warren is totally an American Indian, don’t you see the picture? Well of course she wasn’t raised anywhere near a reservation, nor was she schooled in the culture, it is actually unclear if she is familiar with her roots at all. I even think that image might have been photo-shopped! However, her genealogy suggests that her great-great-great grandmother was Cherokee making her at least or at most 1/32 American Indian. Totally one of a proud tradition.
But why would someone claim that status unless they were proud of that fact and used it to get in touch with or share their heritage? It could not be at all they needed that status, regardless of how true it really was to help advance themselves. Could there be another reason why Elizabeth Warren portrayed herself as a minority American Indian on her resume from 1986 to 1995 at Harvard? I can’t really think of one unless she was trying to conduct some classes in American Indian beliefs. I mean isn’t it dishonest to pretend to be something you’re not. I know for a fact that all lawyer-politicians understand that little fact. They are usually careful to skate that fine line. Well the minute someone questioned her about her status it all started to unravel.
Warren initially maintained that it was part of her family lore and thus did not need to be questioned, by anyone. Then she said attacking her status as an American Indian was attacking women. Then has said that she never used the status to further her career. Well then why did you use it? Was it a great opener at faculty mixers? Hi, I’m one thirty-second Cherokee, isn’t that awesome? Suzan Shown Harjo, a former executive director of the National Congress of American Indians said of Warren, “If you believe you are these things then that’s fine and dandy, but that doesn’t give you the right to claim yourself as Native American.” I guess she will have to drop that claim, or at least try to down play all those years of claiming it until after the election, maybe she will have to explain herself to the voters, but I’m thinking she’ll just stick to the party line and keep her staff on the reservation on this one.