Friday, May 25, 2012

Elizabeth Warren: Cherokee Woman, Woman of Color?

Elizabeth Warren, who is running in Massachusetts for the U.S. Senate against Scott Brown, finds herself in a flap over her claim of "being Native American."

Warren has described herself as having Cherokee and Delaware Indian ancestry. Garance Franke-Ruta writes that
Brown's campaign has seized on the story to raise questions about whether Warren misled Harvard or sought to use distant Native American ties for professional gain, and hammered on the propriety of a blonde, blue-eyed white woman describing herself as a minority.
Warren's proof that she is part Cherokee, "family lore".

And it doesn't appear she wants to answer questions about that family lore.

UPDATE: Breitbart News has uncovered exclusive new evidence that in the spring of 1993, three years before Harvard Law School first publicly stated she was “a woman of color,” Elizabeth Warren likely made that claim while teaching at Harvard, and at approximately the same time the faculty was considering her for a tenured position. Warren, now running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, told Politico as recently as May 15 that she had “no idea” why a Harvard Law School spokesman called her a “woman of color” in a 1996 Harvard Crimson article and a 1997 Fordam Law Review article. However, a 1993 issue of the Harvard Women’s Law Journal suggests that she knew very well indeed.

Read the rest here.


  1. I take it you've never heard of the "Blonde Cherokee" tribe.

    They were discovered in 1923 by a visiting anthropologist in a forest clearing outside of Amherst, Ma. playing golf.

  2. Unfortunately, this puts her husband in a bad light or position. Has anyone interviewed him to confirm her Cherokee claims? As a Professor of Law, a lawyer, and an officer of the court, is he not obligated to tell the truth? By his silence, is he supporting his wife's claims? He can't very well defend her to support her claims if they are in fact false, hence, the silence? When did he know she claimed to be Cherokee? It's all about the gaming the system for Harvard.

    1. I thought spouses couldn't testify against each other.

    2. in the court of law, yes, but in the court of public opinion, no, unless he doesn't have a reputation to protect.

    3. They can OPT OUT, but they can sure testify against each other. Ever been divorced?

  3. It is always about the money!! What a liar!

  4. the title of this post should be: "what a senate candidate says when she's been caught in a decades-old LIE."

  5. I don't like this woman either but this entire subject is gossip and belongs in the Economist, not EPJ.