Elizabeth Warren Is a Fraud | National Review

The saga of Elizabeth Warren demonstrates once again that the ugly new identity politics dominating the Left drives its own acolytes to radical dishonesty

Source: Elizabeth Warren Is a Fraud | National Review

Senator Elizabeth Warren – a woman I used to admire for her stance against corporate greed, before I realized just how radical she actually was, and who is currently attempting to position herself for a 2020 presidential campaign run – has long been pilloried in the conservative media (such of it as exists) and blogosphere as “Fauxahontas,” for her repeated portrayal of herself has having Cherokee blood: based, reportedly, on family oral history.

Now, I am an admirer of family oral histories as much as anyone, and more than some! But I am also aware of their limitations. Such accounts can be misremembered, misreported, change over time (remember the children’s game, “Telephone”…?), be “embellished” for a variety of reasons, or simply be in error. Now she has released a DNA test that may have done her more harm than good. As reported in the linked National Review article above,

“Irked at President Trump’s irreverence regarding her purported bloodline, Warren released the results of a DNA study done by Professor Carlos Bustamante of Stanford University. Those results showed that a Native American ancestor may have [emphasis added] existed in Warren’s family tree ‘in the range of 6–10 generations ago.’ This would make Warren somewhere between 1/64th Native American and 1/1024th Native American.”

Backlash has been predictable, and much of it has come from Native American sources. If the National Review is a conservative publication, the New York Times is not; a Times article published yesterday notes that “her announcement of the results angered many Native Americans, including the Cherokee Nation, the largest of the country’s three federally recognized Cherokee tribes,” and continues,

“DNA testing cannot show that Ms. Warren is Cherokee or any other tribe, the secretary of state of the Cherokee Nation, Chuck Hoskin Jr., said in a statement. Tribes set their own citizenship requirements, not to mention that DNA tests don’t distinguish among the numerous indigenous groups of North and South America. The test Ms. Warren took did not identify Cherokee ancestry specifically; it found that she most likely had at least one Native American ancestor six to 10 generations ago.”

The statement referred to above follows:

“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.” [emphasis added]

There are dissenting voices, of course; but that sentiment seems to be pretty general. Continue reading “Elizabeth Warren Is a Fraud | National Review”