The Boston Globe: Ethnicity Not a Factor in Elizabeth Warren’s Rise in Law

Senator Elizabeth addresses National Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C. Photos by Levi Rickert

Published September 2, 2018

BOSTON — U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s claim to American Indian heritage is used as fodder by President Donald Trump, who disrepectively calls her “Pocahontas” in his rallies. He even angered Indian Country when he injected he called her Pocahontas during an Oval Office ceremony honoring Navajo Code Talkers last November.

At issue for some is during her rise in academia, where she became a law professor at Harvard University, she checked the box using her American Indian heritage.

Senator Warren, who addressed the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) winter session in Washington, D.C. in February, says her family has always been proud of their American Indian Cherokee/Delaware) heritage. Warren admits she is not registered with any tribe.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren at NCAI

For years, Senator Warren did not address the issue as she is doing now as she seeks re-election to the senate seat she holds in Massachusetts and is now much talked about prospect to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

As she did at the NCAI winter session, Senator Warren dealing with the issue directly. She wants to be transparent. She recently sat down with The Boston Globe and addressed the issue. Subsequently, the Boston Globe conducted an extensive invesitgation into whether or not her claim to American Indian heritage aiding her rise in academia.

In an article published Saturday, September 1, 2018, The Boston Globe concludes her claim did not.

The article reads, in part:

“In the most exhaustive review undertaken of Elizabeth Warren’s professional history, the Globe found clear evidence, in documents and interviews, that her claim to Native American ethnicity was never considered by the Harvard Law faculty, which voted resoundingly to hire her, or by those who hired her to four prior positions at other law schools. At every step of her remarkable rise in the legal profession, the people responsible for hiring her saw her as a white woman.”

Read the article here.

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