Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Is Elizabeth Warren 1/32 Cherokee?

At most. And that's probably generous. Though it's still a pittance.
A record unearthed Monday shows that US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has a great-great-great grandmother listed in an 1894 document as a Cherokee, said a genealogist at the New England Historic and Genealogy Society.

The shred of evidence could validate her assertion that she has Native American ancestry, making her 1/32 American Indian, but may not put an end to the questions swirling around the subject.

Intense focus on Warren’s heritage comes as the Democrat has faced several days of scrutiny about whether she has represented herself as a minority in her academic career.
If, indeed her great-great-great grandmother was a member of the Cherokee tribe, she might still be less than 1/32 Cherokee. You can be a member of the Cherokee tribe without being 100% Cherokee.

Update: Even 1/32 Cherokee ancestry is an exaggeration.


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