apparently is an affirmative action fraud....but her colleagues are trying to cover for her:
Elizabeth Warrenâ€™s embattled campaign: Cherokee tie found 5 generations ago
Cherokee tie found 5 generations ago
By Hillary Chabot | Tuesday, May 1, 2012 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Election 2012
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Desperately scrambling to validate Democrat Elizabeth Warrenâ€™s Native American heritage amid questions about whether she used her minority status to further her career, the Harvard Law professorâ€™s campaign last night finally came up with what they claim is a Cherokee connection â€” her great-great-great-grandmother.
â€śShe would be 1⁄32nd of Elizabeth Warrenâ€™s total ancestry,â€ť noted genealogist Christopher Child said, referring to the candidateâ€™s great-great-great-grandmother, O.C. Sarah Smith, who is listed on an Oklahoma marriage certificate as Cherokee. Smith is an ancestor on Warrenâ€™s motherâ€™s side, Child said.
The missing link comes after Warrenâ€™s embattled campaign faced sharp questions about her Native American background in the wake of Herald stories that showed both Harvard Law School and Warren herself had touted her tribal lineage and claimed she was a member of a minority for years.
Warrenâ€™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.
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Warren had flatly denied that she ever touted her Native American background professionally.
Child â€” who originally could find no Native American lineage in Warrenâ€™s family when the Herald broke the story last Friday â€” said he uncovered a marriage certificate at 4 p.m. yesterday after fielding calls from countless media outlets and even Warrenâ€™s own campaign.
Child said he plans on further verifying the records today. â€śThere is a possibility that their Native American ancestry could have been hidden at one point,â€ť he said.
The campaign also hastily produced an undated newspaper clip last night from the Muskogee Sunday Phoenix detailing a â€śMrs. James P. Rowseyâ€ť â€” who they said is Warrenâ€™s cousin â€” and her involvement with the Five Civilized Tribes Museum, which is dedicated to preserving Native American art.
â€śMrs. James P. Rowsey was Elizabethâ€™s first cousin â€” shared the grandparents in question,â€ť a campaign official said in the statement.
Meanwhile, Warrenâ€™s camp issued statements from five faculty members at the four universities where sheâ€™s taught, including Harvard Law School and University of Pennsylvania, to knock down any suggestion she used her Native American background to get hired.
â€śTo suggest that she needed some special advantage to be hired here or anywhere is just silly. She was hired for her great abilities as a teacher and a scholar. Her family tree had nothing to do with it,â€ť wrote Jay Westbrook, chairman of the business law school at the University of Texas at Austin, who hired Warren.
Suzan Shown Harjo, a former executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, expressed outrage yesterday after learning that Warren had identified herself as a Native American on law school records without documentation.
â€śIf you believe you are these things then thatâ€™s fine and dandy, but that doesnâ€™t give you the right to claim yourself as Native American,â€ť said Harjo, who said Warren might have taken a job another Native American could have received.
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