Is Warren's lies really important? Yes, because as a Native American, you'd think she'd stand up for those of us who have been harmed by both the BIA and our own tribes.
In the Cobell suit the BIA was accused of mismanagement on Individual Indian Money accounts. Has Warren looked out for us?
The BIA shifts positions depending on the situation. Mostly the agency pretends it has no obligation to individuals, but when issues escalate it becomes clear that individual Indians have interests in land, assets, and resources just as tribes have. Has Warren done ANYTHING to PROTECT OUR ASSETS from tribes?
Individual Indians also participate in federal programs and receive services and benefits just like tribes. Yet Warren REFUSED to meet with Cherokee, with Natives at Harvard and has NEVER responded to our emails requesting help.
Yet, here she is....defending her Nativehood....
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., argued that her family’s claim to Native American ancestry is an indelible part of who she is — something that can never be taken away. OP: Old wives tales are NOT the truth ...of Cherokee Heritage. Her GENEALOGY has been done..by CHEROKEE genealogists including TWILA BARNESWarren defended herself on NBC’s “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” Sunday morning when asked what she thought about taking an easily accessible DNA test, such as those offered by 23andMe or Ancestry, to settle the ongoing controversy over her heritage.
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Rather than address that question specifically, Warren told a story about how her mother and father, born and raised in Oklahoma, met as teenagers and fell head-over-heels in love. Her father’s family was bitterly opposed to their relationship, she said, because her mother was part Native American, but the couple eloped and persevered.
“That’s the story that my brothers and I all learned from our Mom and our Dad, from our grandparents and all of our aunts and uncles. It’s a part of me, and nobody is going to take that part of me away — not ever,” Warren said.
After hearing this story, Todd returned to his initial concern: Why not do genealogical research or take a DNA test to find out her actual heritage? What’s wrong with knowing whether her family’s story was the truth?
“I do know. I know who I am. And never used it for anything, never got any benefit out of it anywhere,” she said.