Elizabeth Warren: I’m proud of my undocumented Native American heritage.


Lynda Smith, the amateur genealogist who unknowingly found herself at the root of the false “Elizabeth Warren is 1/32 Cherokee” meme introduced to the media by “noted” genealogist Chris Child of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, acknowledged in an email to me this past Saturday, May 12, that her statement in a March 2006 family newsletter upon which Mr. Child based his claim of Ms. Warren’s Cherokee ancestry was made with no supporting documentation. It was, in fact, an honest mistake that Ms. Smith now acknowledges is entirely without foundation.

In a May 7 email to Ms. Smith that she forwarded to me on May 12, Mr. Morningstar stated:


It also looks like Donald Richardson is just stating he saw this name on the marriage license and makes no mention of “Cherokee” either. Somehow this bit of “Indian/Cherokee” blood lore got grafted onto the article about O.C. Sarah Smith. There is no support for this however. There are rumors of Indian blood along this line SOMEWHERE (or associated families) but it doesn’t appear to be supported by any documents. The extant documents do show O.C. Smith living in White American society with no apparent tribal affiliation. Also, her parents Wyatt and Margaret (Peggy) testified in court in TN…to verify John Curtis/Dolly Honeycutt marriage in Chatham NC in 1793. This would indicate a couple that was part of Anglo/settler society. Margaret in particular is a little mysterious at this point, but the fact that she is allowed to testify in court and has knowledge of a marriage in Chatham NC in early 1790s wouldn’t point to a connection with a Cherokee community. Wyatt is found in more documents and he is clearly not affiliated with the Cherokee community. He was from early settler stock.

Sam Morningstar also confirmed my earlier reporting that marriage license applications were not used in Logan County, Oklahoma in 1894, though he cites an earlier start date for their use (1897) than I had speculated. His source, however, the President of the Logan County Genealogical Society, is likely to defer to the research into this issue currently being conducted by the most authoritative source on the matter–Logan County Court Clerk ReJeania Zmek.


This might be of interest to you: the president of the Logan county genealogical society stated that they only had marriage licenses and certificates in 1894 – there was no “application” until 1897. The forms didn’t ask for race and the 1894 documents for William J. (listing O.C. Smith) does not contain a notation for “Cherokee.”

So, Ms. Warren claimed, and is still claiming, Native American heritage in an effort to … what exactly? Enhancing her hiring prospects by using affirmative action and a claimed minority status seems to be the only logical explanation.

Why she is still claiming this heritage when it has been proven completely false says a lot about her integrity. As Progressives often claim, they are only interested in “what works”. They’re just being pragmatic. When “what works” is demonstrably proven to most definitely not work they never admit that they were wrong.

Elizabeth Warren is wrong to claim Native American heritage. She was wrong to use unsubstantiated claims of that heritage for any reason, most specifically personal gain. And instead of admitting the fact that her family lore has been proven to be false, she insists she’s still proud of a heritage that does not belong to her. That speaks to her integrity. Since she has none, why would anyone vote for her to be a United States Senator.

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  • http://www.nationalreview.com/

    It is really amazing that Elizabeth Warren, in Orwellian fashion, continues to say, “I’m proud of my Native American heritage” after being caught in a blatant deception, in which even her theoretical claim of being a Native American on the dubious basis of a great-great-great grandparent was not substantiated. I guess some of us are on a different planet, because both Warren and Harvard University seem to have been unethical at best and unlawful at worst – if she or anyone from the Law School (no less!) signed forms or affidavits attesting to Warren’s Native American status in accordance with federal affirmative action/diversity guidelines. Fabricating an entire identity seems to me right up there with plagiarism, and yet neither Harvard nor Warren is the least bit troubled by the fact that at the heart of this scandal is an outright lie, both spoken and written. How many Harvard Law Schools or Elizabeth Warrens are there out there in academia, that have been untruthful in assessing their diversity profiles, and is that the reason for the complete silence on this matter from various professional academic and scholarly associations?

    But in this case, both Harvard and Warren displayed a degree of cynicism that is repellent, both in the attempt to pass off a 1/32nd claim, which itself was never substantiated, as proof of minority status and in the apparent idea that to do so was simply okay in contemporary academia’s diversity culture. And now? Rather than show some shame, the falsity is treated as truth without repercussions.

  • Vote3rdpartynow

    I was just realizing that the poor person at the New England Historic Genealogical society may end up looking like a fool in all this.  Chris Child was asked to find a connection between Elizabeth Warren and some Native American ancestry and came across some document, whose authenticity is now at the center of a political firestorm.  The document, once thought legitimate is now proven to be a ridiculous and illegitimate article with no ancestral value.  This reflects poorly on Chris Child, the NE Historic Genealogical Society, Harvard University and most of all Elizabeth Warren.  

    What really bothers me is that Elizabeth Warren is willing to let everyone around her get interogated, questioned, cross examined and refuted about what the details are and are not.  Warren has the ability to come out and set the record straight and she won’t do it.  She is not willing to stand up and protect Harvard – even though they have paid her handsomely over the last 15 years.  She is not willing to stand up and protect the NE Historic Genealogical Society, and she is not willing to stand up and protect Chris Child – who no doubt is part of the middle income class that Elizabeth Warren claims to be working so hard to defend.  

    It is one thing when your lies drag you down, but another when your lies start to drag down others for simply doing their job.  Elizabeth Warren clearly lacks the decency to do the right thing in this situation.  

  • http://www.politico.com/blogs/

    Who knew a blond, blue-eyed person of Anglo heritage could be described as a woman of color. She can’t. Unless she made used family lore to claim minority status. Truly despicable behavior.

    But a 1997 Fordham Law Review piece described her as Harvard Law School’s “first woman of color,” based, according to the notes at the bottom of the story, on a “telephone interview with Michael Chmura, News Director, Harvard Law (Aug. 6, 1996).”

    “There are few women of color who hold important positions in the academy, Fortune 500 companies, or other prominent fields or industries,” the piece says. “This is not inconsequential. Diversifying these arenas, in part by adding qualified women of color to their ranks, remains important for many reaons. For one, there are scant women of color as role models. In my three years at Stanford Law School, there were no professors who were women of color. Harvard Law School hired its first woman of color, Elizabeth Warren, in 1995.

    Multiple reports and descriptions of Warren as a minority and she had no idea what was being said and written about her? Beyond belief.

  • Karl Marx

    We know that Professor Warren fibbed but do you really think voters in Massachusetts care. Senator Brown is in the fight of his life and she’s polling even with him. Go figure.