Considered a front-runner for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has deflected the controversy over her claim to be Native American by declaring she never used the identity for professional advantage.
But in an application to the Texas Bar in 1986 she wrote in her own hand that her “race” was “American Indian.”
That appears to conflict with Warren’s declaration in an address to the National Congress of American Indians one year ago: “I never used my family tree to get a break or get ahead. I never used it to advance my career.”
The latest revelation means Warren cannot beat President Trump in 2020 and should drop out, contends Boston Globe associate editor and editorial board member Joan Vennocchi.
“When you’re calling out a president as racist, you can’t make excuses for one of your own,” she wrote Wednesday.
In an investigation by the Globe last September, reporters found no evidence she received favorable treatment because her claims of Native American heritage.
The revelation of the Texas Bar application was buried in the eighth paragraph of a Washington Post story, pointed out Powerline blogger Steven Hayward.
“This ought to finish Warren, but probably won’t,” Hayward wrote. “The next step ought to be a release of Harvard Law School’s records to see whether they relied on representations from Warren about her bogus native American heritage in her personnel file, and counted her as such for ‘diversity’ purposes.”
Already, it’s known that in 1996, the Harvard Crimson campus paper described Warren as a woman of color and Native American. And in 1998, Harvard touted her as a Native American, the only minority tenured woman on its faculty.
But Warren recently released the results of a DNA test that showed she may be as little as 1/1,024th Colombian, Mexican or Peruvian and overwhelmingly of European descent. In any case, experts have pointed out that there is no DNA test for being Native American, because culture and identity are the key factors.
Last week, she apologized to the chief of the Cherokee Nation and told the Post she’s sorry for “furthering confusion.”
“I can’t go back,” she told the paper. “But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted.”
The DNA test indicated she might have had some Native American blood six to 10 generations back, as do many Americans. But she has claimed her parents had to elope because her father’s racist parents rejected their son’s Cherokee girlfriend. And she said her grandfather’s high cheekbones were evidence of Native American descent.