ICTMN's Rob Capriccioso Discusses Elizabeth Warren and Native American Identity on NPR

ICTMN's Rob Capriccioso Discusses Elizabeth Warren and Native American Identity on NPR


The NPR radio show Tell Me More has interviewed ICTMN's Washington Bureau Chief Rob Capriccioso about the questions of Indian identity raised by Elizabeth Warren's claim of Cherokee heritage, an issue that has been extensively covered on this site.

"I think every Indian, when questions of identity come up, get warning signs in [his or her] brain," Capriccioso says. "How much can you trust this person? A good way to foster that trust would be to talk with those people who have those kinds of concerns. ... And so far that hasn't happened."

Host Michel Martin also speaks with Tiya Miles, a professor at the University of Michigan and author of The House on Diamond Hill: A Cheroke Plantation Story. Miles observes that "Claiming an identity ... has two parts to it. One can claim, but I think one also has to be claimed in order for the identity to be fully rounded. And I think that's part of Elizabeth Warren's trouble—that she claimed this Native identity, but she has not been claimed, nor does she seem to have really reached out to try to have been claimed, by Cherokee people and by other Native academics."

The segment, titled "Who Gets To Decide Who Is Native American?," is 12 minutes long; click to listen to it in its entirety on NPR's website.

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Submitted by husbandofmoonlight on
We here at North American Intertribal Missions have used the simple solution to the question; "who is Native American" (we do not use the misnomer "Indian")and THE EASY answer is simply the scientific answer: those who have Native American DNA are Native Americans. Our DNA is exceptionally distinctive and now has recently been revealed to have been present as far back as 15 thousand years; which changed the older less reliable estimate at 11-12 thousand years. Relying on faulty and often intentionally defective documentation; or even less reliable 'mawmaw and pawpaw said we wuz Cherokee'-----is exactly what the dominate culture of occupation desires. It creates disunity and even rivalry since in reality the DNA has very few variants; mostly "regional" and reveals that the "old saying" of; "all my relations" is accurate. We have used the scientific evidence in case after case and the results are indisputable. We urge everyone to get their DNA tested. One word of caution. NO "Tribal Markers" are present in the DNA spectrum. NONE; this is also revelatory of ancient origins; and that the current "tribes" are simply inventions of their members far back in history,just not FAR back enough; and that ALL of Native America is in reality ----related; regardless of Tribal affiliations. "Information is knowledge; knowledge is power"----Shaka Zulu "If your not carefull, willfull ignorance can be fatally defective; and worse yet,if it don't get ya killed; you'll at least get run over---or left behind at the train station" ------------Mark Twain Thanks for your time. Husband of Moonlight Comanche/Kiowa/Choctaw (mississippi) and Scottish of Clan McGregor thank you.