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Elizabeth Warren's Native American Problem Isn't Going Away
Her reporter-defenders have pointed out that until a certain time in her life, she declined to participate in affirmative-action programs, though even they have had to admit that the crucial leaps in her academic career -- her landing a job at the University of Pennsylvania and then moving on to Harvard -- occurred after she began listing herself as a racial minority. The year before Harvard Law School hired her -- and trumpeted her as the first woman of color so hired -- it had been subject to major, headline-grabbing protests for giving tenure to four white men.
Have I mentioned Derek Bell lately? Faces at the Bottom of the Well? OK. Derek Bell, HLS 1990
And then there is the fact that Cherokee Indian is not so much a "socially constructed" racial category as a specific, legally defined identity: You are a Cherokee when the Cherokee nation recognizes you as a member on its rolls. Surely someone who identified as a Native American academically and socially in the way Warren once claimed she did [c]ould have sought such official [political] status. But she didn't.
JSTOR | "The Last Stand": The Fight for Racial Integrity in Virginia in the 1920s
legislative background of the so-called "Pocahontas Effect"
Cherokee Nation responds to Senator Warren's DNA test*
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. issued the following statement on Oct. 15 in response to Sen. Warren's DNA test claiming Native heritage.

"A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person's ancestors were indigenous to North or South America," Hoskin said. "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. 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." ...

archived systematic racism
This statement is not quite incorrect ...
Females (sex), indigenous nations (origin)...
Racial Reorganization and the United States Census 1850-1930
"Native Americans were alternately ignored and categorized down to tiny fractions of black and white 'blood.'[7]"
* Cherokee Nation responds to Senator Warren's DNA test, 2018
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In the book Faces at the Bottom of the Well (1992) Derrick Bell, attorney ...

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