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Going Native

In my weekend column, I write about Harvard Law prof and Democrat Teepee Party candidate Elizabeth Warren, who can’t understand why anyone could possibly get the idea she’s been passing herself off as a Cherokee for most of her adult life. Well, maybe they got if from Harvard’s daily newspaper. From 1998:

Harvard Law School currently has only one tenured minority woman, Gottlieb Professor of Law Elizabeth Warren, who is Native American.

This may be the drollest diversity scam since an Englishman called Archibald parlayed himself into global celebrity as the Ojibwe Indian “Grey Owl“. Unlike “self-identifying” as Hispanic, “Native American” identity requires a formal namecheck on tribal rolls. Yet, on the basis of a (possible) great-great-great-gran’ma, Elizabeth Warren presented herself as Harvard’s token redskin with nary a blush – and nobody called her on it.

Andy Warhol got it wrong: In the future everyone will be a disadvantaged minority for one thirty-second.

For the record, I am the only Fijian tribal elder at National Review.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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