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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Report: Elizabeth Warren's lineage takes a Bizarre Twist

Elizabeth Warren, Democratic Senatorial candidate in Massachusetts, made news last week when it was discovered that she checked the "Native American" box as a way to identify herself for the Harvard legal directory. The ensuing reports made a mockery of her claim. She defended herself by saying that despite her being only 1/32 American Indian, high cheekbones ran in the family.

Now, Ms. Warren has an entirely new set of problems. Not only do her claims appear to be bogus but her great-great-great grandfather allegedly 'rounded up' Cherokee Indians.

Via Breitbart:
For over a quarter of a century, Elizabeth Warren has described herself as a Native American.  When recently asked to provide evidence of her ancestry, she pointed to an unsubstantiated claim on an 1894 Oklahoma Territory marriage license application by her great-great grand uncle William J. Crawford that his mother, O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford, Ms. Warren's great-great-great grandmother, was a Cherokee.

After researching her story, it is obvious that her "family lore" is just fiction.

As I pointed out in my article here on Sunday, no evidence supports this claim. O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford had no Cherokee heritage, was listed as "white" in the Census of 1860, and was most likely half Swedish and half English, Scottish, or German, or some combination thereof. (Note, the actual 1894 marriage license makes no claim of Cherokee ancestry.)

But the most stunning discovery about the life of O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford is that her husband, Ms. Warren's great-great-great grandfather, was apparently a member of the Tennessee Militia who rounded up Cherokees from their family homes in the Southeastern United States and herded them into government-built stockades in what was then called Ross’s Landing (now Chattanooga), Tennessee—the point of origin for the horrific Trail of Tears, which began in January, 1837.
Where's Al Sharpton when you need him? Shouldn't he be calling for Warren to pay reparations to the American Indians?

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