"“It is one thing to claim to have had an Indian somewhere in the family tree, but it is much different to then use that unexplored notion to check a box indicating concrete Native ancestry,” says Robert Warrior, director of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “I have met people with these kinds of claims this very week, who strongly believe them, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have more work to do to understand their heritage.”" There is no where shown where she ever checked any box before she was hired. And after she was hired she was employed, and she never got a promotion that I have seen, so the accusation that she checked a box, or even might have checked a box, for personal gain, is not only unsupported, it demeans the accuser. "Many American families claim Native ancestry, but have not done the research to back it up, which doesn’t mean they aren’t Native, of course, but for a person in Warren’s position, Indians in the world of academia say it would have been desirable and appropriate for her to learn more about her roots before checking any boxes." Since when do "Indians in the world of academia" get to make that decision for her? Why have there been attacks instead of efforts to help her learn more about her roots? And, especially, why not tell Scott Brown to shut the hell up and stop trying to trivialize Indian issues to whether or not you have documents, instead of what are the problems the community faces?