I can only assume that Senator Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren (D.Ma.) wishes to resurrect the one drop rule of the Jim Crow South based upon her contention that the below qualifies her for American Indian status:
Bustamante calculated that Warren’s pure Native American ancestor appears in her family tree “in the range of 6-10 generations ago.” That timing fits Warren’s family lore, passed down during her Oklahoma upbringing, that her great-great-great-grandmother, O.C. Sarah Smith, was at least partially Native American.
Smith was born in the late 1700s. She identified as white in historical documents, though at the time Indians faced discrimination, and Smith would have had strong incentives to call herself white if possible.
The inherent imprecision of the six-page DNA analysis could provide fodder for Warren’s critics. If O.C. Sarah Smith were fully Native American, that would make Warren up to 1/32nd native. But the generational range based on the ancestor that the report identified suggests she’s between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American. The report notes there could be missed ancestors.
In short Warren is a typical white whose family has been in this country for several generations. Well, not quite typical. If she is 1/1024, her low range according to the DNA test, Indian she has approximately half the Indian blood that most whites have. None of this would be of importance, except that early in her career Warren was eager to claim Indian status. This of course was, and remains, fraudulent, unless one assumes that any Indian blood makes one an Indian. If this is her belief than she is somewhat less racially enlightened than George Tillman, the brother of the racist Senator “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman (D.Sc), who stated in 1895 when the one drop rule was under consideration in South Carolina:
It is a scientific fact that there is not one full-blooded Caucasian on the floor of this convention. Every member has in him a certain mixture of… colored blood…It would be a cruel injustice and the source of endless litigation, of scandal, horror, feud, and bloodshed to undertake to annul or forbid marriage for a remote, perhaps obsolete trace of Negro blood. The doors would be open to scandal, malice, and greed.
“Pitchfork” Ben joined his brother in opposition to the one drop rule for the reasons his brother stated.
The fact that the Senator claimed Indian status at the beginning of her academic career is laughable at best, fraudulent at worst. It speaks ill of her honesty, just as reviving this issue now speaks ill of her intelligence, assuming she is preparing for a White House run. However, I do concede that Senator Warren is more Indian than the late Iron Eyes Cody, a member of the Sicilian branch of the Lakota.
The Cherokee Nation responded to the results of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test on Monday, arguing that “a DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship.” The response came after the Democratic senator revealed that, based on tests, she has Native-American ancestry “in the range of 6-10 generations ago.”
“Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in a press release.
“Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation,” Hoskin continued. “Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”
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