Elizabeth Warren’s introductory speech at the Democratic National Convention came with a predictable broadside aimed at Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney as a tool of big corporations who wants to “pulverize financial reform, voucher-ize Medicare, and vaporize Obamacare.”
In contrast to the wicked Romney agenda, Warren regaled the assembled Democratic delegates with the comforting notion that President Obama would defend their interests against those evil forces, since Obama “believes in a country where everyone is held accountable.”
Yet, while Warren was extolling the virtues of accountability, her own lack of accountability was glaringly on display in the days leading up to her speech — namely with her refusal to meet with Native Americans over her fraudulent claims of American Indian heritage.
Warren’s attendance at the sit-down had been requested by a contingent of Native Americans attending the DNC, all of whom were hoping to receive an explanation as to why Warren had long misrepresented herself as an American Indian minority.
Warren has been able to parlay her now debunked claim of Cherokee heritage into a distinguished academic law career, current position as a Massachusetts Democratic senatorial candidate, and rising stardom in the Democratic Party. For real Native Americans, however, like those convention attendees in Charlotte, Warren’s bogus claim to Cherokee lineage is a slap in the face to those without her wealth, power and privilege.
According to Frank LeMere, of the Nebraska Winnebago Tribe, Warren “shouldn’t represent that she is Native American. Our issues are too important,” adding he would “absolutely not” back a candidate who lied about being American Indian. Harlyn Geronimo, the great-grandson of the legendary Apache warrior, echoed that view when he said, “I wouldn’t vote for anybody that is being dishonest, and unfair to our people.”
Others, like Sharon Stewart-Peregoy, a Montana state senator and member of the Crow Nation, said, “If you’re [Warren] going to claim that you are American Indian and a descendant of some Native nation then you have to represent…That’s what it’s all about.”
But Warren, who was happy to fraudulently exploit American Indian heritage throughout her career, had no intention of representing herself before the Native American caucus in Charlotte as a legitimate member, saying in apparent frustration over allegations, “I’ve answered those questions, what I’m here to talk about [is] what’s happening to America’s working class families.”
Warren’s exasperation stems from her disingenuous, insincere and at times, highly comical attempts to quell the controversy of her heritage, which first erupted in May when it was discovered that she had long been using unsubstantiated claims of Cherokee lineage to enhance her career prospects.
Those efforts first began in 1986 when Warren, in an effort to appeal to recruiters, started listing herself as Native American, actions which led to her name being placed in the faculty directory of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) under “Minority Law Teachers.”
From there, Warren then reported herself as Native American on job applications for positions she garnered at both the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University, lies which both institutions claim played no role in their hiring of Warren.
Despite those claims, both institutions, which were then under fire for a lack of diversity among its faculty members, were certainly vocal in promoting Warren as a Native American hire, with Harvard Law School proclaiming her to be its first Native American hire.
Warren, however, has said until recently she knew nothing about Harvard Law boasting about her alleged Indian heritage, a case of amnesia which may be catching as Harvard Law School, which lists one Native American faculty member, has refused to say whether that person refers to Elizabeth Warren.
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