RNC to Warren: Prove Your Cherokee Heritage

by Andrew Johnson

Elizabeth Warren’s alleged American-Indian family history remains in question, and the Republican National Committee wants answers.

Over the weekend, on the two-year anniversary of Warren’s first claim about her heritage while on the campaign trail in 2012, the RNC called on Massachusetts’s senior senator and potential 2016 presidential candidate to release her full employment records at Harvard University, where she was a professor. Having provided little proof of her Cherokee ancestry (she pointed to some relatives’ “high cheekbones” as evidence during her campaign), Warren has caused some to wonder if she made the claim in order to further her career by claiming to be a minority.

“For two full years, Warren’s stonewalling of the media has left more questions than answers, and the only way to put this issue to rest once and for all is by finally releasing her personnel records,” RNC chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. “Americans deserve to know if Warren claimed that she was 1/32nd Cherokee Indian in order to gain minority status so she could get a teaching position at Harvard University.”

Warren’s devoted following, the release of a new book this month, and her coy responses as to whether she would endorse Hillary Clinton in 2016 have led some to speculate that she is gearing up for a presidential run herself.