Here’s what a Real Cherokee Thinks about Elizabeth Warren and it’s Not Pretty

Here’s what a Real Cherokee Thinks about Elizabeth Warren and it’s Not Pretty

Elizabeth Warren has gone after President Trump for using a “racial slur” in referring to her as “Pocahontas.” If anything, that is probably more offensive to Pocahontas than anyone else, but that’s by the by.

Liberals came out to defend her like they usually do, but members of the Native American community were largely hesitant to do so. This is due to the fact that many don’t feel like they share a kinship with Warren and one woman even goes as far as to say that Warren isn’t Cherokee at all.

Photo Credit: Rebecca Nagle

Rebecca Nagle wrote an op-ed for Think Progress, an unapologetically left-leaning website, in which she bashed Warren for using the label of “Native American” to advance her career, but doing nothing for the Native community in the process.

“She was not a hero to me when she failed to foster a haven of support for Native students within Harvard University’s alienating Ivy League culture,” Rebecca wrote. “She is not a hero for spending years awkwardly avoiding Native leaders. She is not a hero because, despite claiming to be the only Native woman in the U.S. Senate, she has done nothing to advance our rights.”

And then she hit Warren with the finisher:

“She is not from us. She does not represent us. She is not Cherokee.”


Oh wait, what? She isn’t done? Oh snap, she even refutes Warren’s stories about her family?! Let’s go!

“In defending her supposed Native identity, Warren has drawn from both racist stereotypes and easily refutable stories about her family. At a 2012 press conference Warren stated that her family knew her grandfather was “part” Cherokee because “he had high cheekbones like all of the Indians.” Cherokee genealogists have pored through her family history to find that ‘None of her direct line ancestors are ever shown to be anything other than white, dating back to long before the Trail of Tears.’ To add insult to injury, despite Warren’s public claims of Native American heritage, she has decidedly avoided talking with Native leaders and, in 2012, refused to meet with a group of Cherokee women at the Democratic National Convention.”

While Warren claims that she represents the Cherokee people more than anyone because of her “heritage,” Nagle argues that she doesn’t represent anyone in the Native community because “as Native people, we are relegated to being invisible, while Warren is not.”

She concludes her article by calling on Warren to apologize and atone for “misappropriating Native identity” for her own selfish uses and even drafted her an apology letter.

Do you agree with this woman, or do you think that Warren having even a drop of Native blood in her makes her Native American? Let us know in the comments!

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