Desperately scrambling to validate Democrat Elizabeth Warren’s Native American heritage amid questions about whether she used her minority status to further her career, the Harvard Law professor’s campaign last night finally came up with what they claim is a Cherokee connection — her great-great-great-grandmother.
“She would be 1⁄32nd of Elizabeth Warren’s total ancestry,” noted genealogist Christopher Child said, referring to the candidate’s great-great-great-grandmother, O.C. Sarah Smith, who is listed on an Oklahoma marriage certificate as Cherokee. Smith is an ancestor on Warren’s mother’s side, Child said
Which means Liz Warren is less “Indian” than….me. (My grandfather’s grandmother was a Cherokee Indian born in the Oklahoma territory)
Unfortunately for Professor Warren, she didn’t know any of this until yesterday. More importantly, she didn’t have this information when she was telling the University of Texas and University of Pennsylvania to list her as part of the “minority” faculty.
Which brings up Warren’s other faux pas:
Warren’s shaken campaign faced another crisis yesterday when it was revealed that beginning in 1986 and continuing through 1995, Warren had listed herself as a minority professor in the Association of American Law Schools desk book, a directory of law professors from participating schools.
Warren had flatly denied that she ever touted her Native American background professionally.
Or to put it another way, Warren speaks with forked tongue.