This attack on Elizabeth Warren who is a consumer protection advocate is absolutely without any basis. The Republicans, if they get control of the Congress, and the Presidency is likely to end the safety net for all Americans including Native Americans. They might even disband the Native American tribal system including Indian Health. I am not Native American though one of my grand children is half Navajo, Hopi, and Sioux and one of my sister's grand children is half Native American. I am just second generation American on my mother's side. My mother's parents were immigrants in the early 1900s. There is a chance that many Americans whose families have been in North and South America for several generations have some Native American ancestors. So there is a good chance that Elizabeth Warren has some Native American ancestors which she may or may not be able to document. There is a lot of controversy today about how many generations back the Native American ancestors are and how well you can document it for anyone to say they are Native American for them to legally become a member of one of the tribes. Some tribes welcome in people whose distant ancestors were Native American if they can document it. Besides, not all of the tribes are recognized by the Federal Government and some tribes lobby for these tribes not to be recognized. So for Elizabeth Warren to say that the family history passed down to her says that she has Native American heritage is not out of line. Even if she cannot document it or has not tried to. It would be very difficult to prove that she doesn't. You are just involving a Ms Warren in the Native American controversy over who can say they have Native American ancestry and who can't. Ms Warren is not applying for membership in a tribe to collect tribal benefits. She is not likely to gain any financial or political benefits unless she can prove it. There is nothing wrong with her acknowledging that she has Native American ancestors, because so what if she does. In all likely hood she would probably not be the first senator from Massachusetts to have Native American ancestors, but she could be if elected the first Senator from Massachusetts to acknowledge it. President Obama's ancestors come from a multitude of ethnic and racial backgrounds. He could just as well say that he is Irish instead of identifying his African ancestors. President Obama's is even a descendant on his mother's side from the one of the earliest African slaves brought to North America and his ancestors were both slaves and African immigrants. Your argument is faulty on many grounds and of absolutely no consequences. You should be offended by the argument you are making and one day you may well be. I am not speaking as a Native American but as one of mixed ethnicity being Celtic, Norwegian, Swedish, and Finish background. You may lump all people of European background as white, but this is prejudicial because each of these ethnic groups are proud of their heritage and would dispute that they are all one of the same. This is the same as saying different Native American tribal heritages are all one and the same. We know that Native Americans would disagree with this and those of us of European background say that we are being discriminated against because we are all lumped into one big group labeled white.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 12:13