On a day when Brown University announced a change to its application for graduate study to permit applicants to “self-identify” as persons of color, it should not come as a surprise that a United States senator continues to maintain that she is of Cherokee Indian lineage – all evidence to the contrary.
It now appears that Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren’s bogus claim to Native American status will continue to haunt her even as she considers a run for her party’s nomination for the presidency in 2020.
If the media fails to mention it, if the voters fail to raise the issue at town halls and debates, President Trump will make certain that “Fauxcahontas” will be forced to admit to the lie she has been telling – with great benefit – for a quarter of a century.
Worse still, Warren will have to face the truth – that not only is she not Cherokee, but she is related to white soldiers who participated in the forcible removal of the Cherokee to Oklahoma in what has come to be known as, ‘The Trail of Tears.’
Warren claimed to be Cherokee in her application for a teaching position at Harvard Law School in 1991, an assertion that has been touted by the school for decades to prove that it is ethnically diverse.
Unfortunately for Sen. Warren, the vague “proof” she has offered up in support of the claim over the years consists of nothing more than a childhood memory of a grandparent pointing to a portrait of a distant relative as having a distinctive Native American “look” and the unsubstantiated claim on an 1894 Oklahoma Territory marriage license application.
She would have done better to consult a more accurate source, such as the 1860 United States Census, which lists the distant relative with the Native American “look” to whom Warren traces her Cherokee heritage, as ‘white.’
More damning to Warren’s false claim are the muster rolls of the Tennessee Volunteer Mounted Infantry in the mid-1800s and the confirmation of service in 1851 by that female relative in her application for a widow’s pension.
These show Warren as directly – and indisputably – related to a soldier who took part in the removal of the Cherokee from Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, which had been considered their homeland and respected as such for centuries.
These are bitter pills for ‘Fauxcahontas’ to swallow now, but will undoubtedly grow more so as she aims for higher office.
Should Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts be required to prove her repeated claim that she is of Cherokee ancestry in light of official U.S. government documents proving she is not?