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Cherokee Genealogist to Elizabeth Warren: ‘Tell the Truth’

A genealogist of genuine Cherokee descent is publicly challenging Elizabeth Warren to come clean and renounce her false claims to Native American status.

Your ancestors are found in plenty of historical records, and every time, they are found living as white people among other white people. Never are your ancestors ever found living among the Cherokees. Never, never, never, never…….yet you claim they were Cherokee….

So, Ms. Warren, you see, it is not just your opponent who has questions. We Cherokees have questions too and those questions have yet to be answered by you. You see, for us Cherokees, this is not political. This is about the truth.

You have claimed something you had no right to claim — our history and our heritage and our identity. Those things belong to us, and us alone. These are not things we choose to embrace when they benefit us and then cast aside when we no longer need them, but that is what you seem to have done by “checking a box” for several years and then no longer “checking” it more recently, when apparently you no longer needed it.

Warren once cited her relatives’ “high cheekbones” as evidence of her Native-American descent. Thus far, all genuine genealogical records that have come to light disprove those claims.

Warren should renounce her false claims to minority status and Cherokee ancestry, which she maintained for years as she climbed to the heights of the legal academic world. She should also renounce her candidacy for the U.S. Senate out of respect for Native Americans, whose heritage she leveraged on her way to a life of privilege, power, and riches — actions that stand in marked contrast to the rhetoric that she is so fond of uttering in her political speeches about helping the poor and underprivileged.

Click here to read more of the Cherokee genealogist’s statement to Warren.

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