Elizabeth Warren’s Native American problem just got bigger.

By |2019-02-07T06:04:56-08:00February 7th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |20 Comments

Courtesy of WaPo:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Tuesday that she was sorry that she identified herself as a Native American for almost two decades, reflecting her ongoing struggle to quiet a controversy that continues to haunt her as she prepares to formally announce a presidential bid.

Her comments more fully explain the regret she expressed last week to the chief of the Cherokee Nation, the first time she’s said she was sorry for claiming American Indian heritage.

The private apology was earlier reported as focusing more narrowly on a DNA test she took to demonstrate her purported heritage, a move that prompted a ferocious backlash even from many allies. Warren will be vying to lead a party that has become far more mindful of nonwhite voters and their objections to misuse of their culture.

“I can’t go back,” Warren said in an interview with The Washington Post. “But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted.”

Warren has been trying for the past year to get past the lingering controversy over her past assertion that she is Native American.

In addition to the DNA test, she released employment documents over the summer to show she didn’t use ethnicity to further her career. And in a speech a year ago she addressed her decision to call herself a Native American, though she didn’t offer the apology that some wanted at the time.

Unfortunately for Warren the Washington Post used an open records request to get access to this:

I’m not going to lie, that looks bad. Especially since Warren claimed that she did not use this borrowed ethnicity in an attempt to further her career. 

Warren was confronted about this card and attempted to explain it away.

Look I like Elizabeth Warren, and think she has what it takes to be a pretty good President.

However, having said that I simply do not see her campaign getting past this in one piece. 

This appears to show her as inauthentic, and either extremely naive or deceitful. 

If it were simply Warren and one other possible Democratic candidate she might be able to get past this and emerge victoriously, but she is going up against a very impressive field of presidential hopefuls and the majority of them will not have this kind of baggage. 

As much as it pains me to say it, I think this is it for her. 

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  1. Anonymous February 7, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Lately all the women who decide to run for president are being shot down even before they announce their intention to run. I am very sjuspicious of this putin like tactic. And yet donnie doolittle was even caught on tape downgrading women and he is still president. I smell a rat and it is getting stronger every day.

    • Beaglemom February 7, 2019 at 11:30 am

      I have the same suspicion. if I were contemplating a presidential run, I think I’d wait until much later in the year, or even until January 2020. Frankly, I think it’s too early for anyone to be running.

  2. Wikipedia February 7, 2019 at 8:46 am

    “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    Warren was an early advocate for the creation of a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The bureau was established by the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act signed into law by President Obama in July 2010. In September 2010, President Obama named Warren Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to set up the new agency. While liberal groups and consumer advocacy groups pushed for Obama to formally nominate Warren as the agency’s director, Warren was strongly opposed by financial institutions and by Republican members of Congress who believed Warren would be an overly zealous regulator. Reportedly convinced that Warren could not win Senate confirmation as the bureau’s first director, Obama turned to former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray and in January 2012, over the objections of Republican senators, appointed Cordray to the post in a recess appointment.
    Political affiliation
    Warren was registered as a Republican from 1991 to 1996. Warren voted as a Republican for many years, saying, “I was a Republican because I thought that those were the people who best supported markets”. According to Warren, she began to vote Democratic in 1995 because she no longer believed that to be true, but she states that she has voted for both parties because she believed that neither party should dominate. According to her, the Republican Party was no longer “principled in its conservative approach to economics and to markets” and was instead tilting the playing in favor of big financial institutions and against “middle class American families.”

  3. Anon February 7, 2019 at 8:57 am

    OT? “Your destiny is determined by the zip code you’re born into” American Federation for Children, a group chaired by Betsy DeVos
    ” He was one of the only Democrats speaking in a lineup that included Louisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal and Fox News commentator Juan Williams. The school choice plan he championed had become a plank of the Republican platform, while many of his fellow Democrats, who generally preferred direct investment in public education and enjoyed political backing from teachers’ unions, opposed it.” “Booker’s association with the DeVos couple continued as he progressed from city council to Newark’s mayoral seat in 2006 to the US Senate in 2013. In the mid-2000s, Booker and DeVos served together on the board of directors of Alliance for School Choice, the precursor to the American Federation for Children, which DeVos eventually chaired.”


  4. Whatevs February 7, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Then you are a fool, Gryphen. THat card was filled out AFTER she passed the bar. What perks did it get her?

    • Anonymous February 7, 2019 at 3:13 pm

      I agree, I don’t see how her bar registration card furthers her career, all it shows is she is a member of the bar and if you read the fine print it states:the following info is for statistical purposes only and cannot be disclosed to any person or organization without written consent of the attorney… so basically the info on the card is so that they can determine the ethnicity of the members of the bar association… and does open records have her consent?

      I just watched a documen/showt on the CBC called “the Marketplace” where they tested a number of different DNA testing kits.. the interesting part is they sent in specimens from IDENTICAL TWINS and their DNA results came back different.. because they are only comparing the DNA to other specimens in their database. Who knows what kind of actual DNA testing Warren did.. a real one or one of those advertised on tv for entertainment purposes only.

  5. Anon February 7, 2019 at 9:58 am

    I’ve always suspected something hinky about her and I don’t believe I’m alone with that feeling. However, it has nothing to do with claiming Native blood. Families who believe that they have native blood, based on family stories, are all too common. Back in the day people romanticized the idea and many claimed to be related to an ” Indian Princess” which doesn’t even exist. My own Uncle continues this story because his grandfather told him it was so. I discovered through research that we do have an ancestor that married a Chief’s daughter but the relation to her is through marriage, not blood lines. I think this is how many Americans have confused their family histories and honestly believe what was handed down to them. Add to that Warren is from Oklahoma where actual Native American bloodlines are somewhat common.

  6. Chenagrrl February 7, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Let’s get this straight. No one should claim to be a member of a tribe unless officially enrolled. The grief and insult of that are immeasurable.
    But what about those of us, like Elizabeth Warren, who have Native American ancestors, refer to ourselves informally as American Indians or Native Americans and many times must guess at the tribal link?
    My lineage is even more complex than Warren’s, but I too could call myself American Indian. I have a paternal grandmother who was deemed half-blood by the Dawes Rolls, maybe Cherokee, maybe Choctaw, while her brother was said to be full-blood. Go figyah! She married a man of a half-blood mother, Delaware. To add to the puzzle, some members of our heartland family believe from the ancestral trinkets and stories handed down that we could be a bit Shoshone. That group has family who came out of the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania.
    And then there are the full-blood in-laws, as well as my mother who was ethnically a Scandinavian sort right down to the language, but was raised on a reservation. Our progenitors were a secret when we lived in Fairbanks. “Thank God we look white,” my dad would say every year, as he filled out those cards the school district sent out.
    However, my situation is easy compared to Hispanics in New Mexico, many of whom are part Indian, also known as mestizo. How is their ancestry to be acknowledged respectfully, especially when to be called mestizo is frequently not respectful.
    So what do we do? Continue to deny the people whose DNA informs our bodies? Like Elizabeth, I too had my silly phase in which I called myself Cher-Choc?-Del-Other in answer to stupid questions on forms. However, out of respect for ancestors I usually checked other. No sense getting caught lying about being Caucasian.

    • nanna February 7, 2019 at 7:17 pm

      I’d be thrilled to have a little spice in my genetics. I’m Scandinavian but if anyone asks I tell them I’m Viking.

  7. Maureen February 7, 2019 at 10:23 am

    I”m not seeing the problem-plenty of folks have Native history in the family that they learn more about over time. Did she ever have a blood quantum card-looks like not. Does she have documented DNA ancestry that support the family’s history of Native ancestor? Yes. Is she distancing herself from the belief she is more more Native than she may have been led to believe? Yes. As a previous republican did she attempt to seek benefits given her understood Native ancestry? Yes. Is she doing that now, no.

    Why are we eating our own?

    • Anonymous February 7, 2019 at 12:01 pm

      Yes. I agree.
      But she can do a lot if she stays i the senate. Why get destroyed in a presidential race. This is a bone that they will never ever let up on. I don’t want it to distract her from what she can do outside of a presidential run.

  8. Anonymous February 7, 2019 at 11:53 am

    So Gryphen doesn’t like Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand. I can’t wait to see what purity bullshit you pull out to justify crossing off Kamala Harris from his list. The misogynistic remarks that you sprinkle throughout this blog show that you just don’t want a woman to be president.

    • Gryphen February 7, 2019 at 12:13 pm

      Nice try, but only a perfunctory search of my past posts will show that I have pushed for a female candidate since at least 2017.

      You might also learn that I was an early supporter of Warren’s as well as Kamala Harris.

      I am simply reporting what I see as the reality in which we now live.

  9. nanna February 7, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    She would still make a better president than any other candidate.

    And it’s completely absurd that anyone is writing her off given the turd that occupies the Oval Office.

    Write to the media and tell them to go fuck themselves with their partisan harassment of every Democratic woman, candidate or not. Grow a pair and fucking fight.

    I for one am not here to help the corporate media bring Elizabeth Warren down the same way they attempted day after day to tear Hillary Clinton down while you were all being dazzled by Bernie Sanders.

    • Anon February 7, 2019 at 2:58 pm

      “while you were all being dazzled by Bernie Sanders”<WTF
      FUCK the Bern from Day 1~ I hate that old Commie cOOt tOO.

  10. Anonymous February 7, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    She should remain in the senate, personally I don’t care if she is Native American or not, what bothers me is she did the DNA test in response to mocking by little donnie trump, just like Obama did with his birth certificate… it doesn’t put an end to it with bully trump, I am sure if the results came back that she was 100 % Native American he would still continue taunting her, just like he did with Obama and his birth certificate.

    I want someone running for president that isn’t going to get distracted by responding to every taunt and tweet by the moron in the WH, they will never win and the REAL ISSUES will never be discussed.

  11. anon February 7, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    She seems very fragile.

    I don’t care if she identifies as a Chihuahua or a yule log – can she do the job?

    Frankly, I do not want a serial apologist. Nor do I want its opposite. Go to al-anon and deal with the underlying toxic shame.

  12. Anonymous February 7, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    My great grandmother grew up on a Seminole reservation in Oklahoma. Indigenous people were very open to absorbing other displaced people.
    I have no Native American DNA by the test that I had done.

  13. Anonymous February 7, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    I would welcome elizabeth warren into our tribe. I hope she becomes president. But the misogyny is so strong in this handmaiden country we live in, the men will fight tooth and nail like they did with hillary. Men get ugly when threatened by strong women. Especially, republican men.

  14. Anonymous February 8, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    The only way Democrats are going to win is to put forth a candidate from the states in the middle of the country, not either coastxg

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