I am of Irish, Scandinavian background and my family has been in the Nebraska, Dakota Indian country since the beginning of the 1900s. I grew up with and know the kind of prejudice that goes on between the people of Native American ancestry and European ancestry and also the prejudice that existed among the different European ethnic groups. I also know there are mixed communities of European and Native American ancestry on the different Rez's where the there are mixed relationships among the different ethnic groups that live there and it was more acceptable for Native Americans and European Americans to date and marry. I went to high school with a Native American teenager who was treated just like everyone else. He was a star on the basketball team and no one carried who he dated. Native Americans were ok as long as they lived in town and integrated themselves into the community. This was basically true for all outsiders who were not born in town, if they had jobs and integrated purposely into the community they were accepted. I know this because I taught school in little towns and in most towns myself and my family were accepted as long as I had a job. The next level of acceptance in the community came if you or one of your kids married somebody from the community, There were all levels of prejudice in town. There were people who were prejudiced of anybody of mixed ethnicity. If somebody had mixed European and Native American ancestry and appear more European if they were sensitive to the prejudice they could be very concerned if they had physical features of Native Americans. What I am saying is that what Elizabeth Warren states that a member of her family walked past a picture and paid attention to the high cheek bones or shape of the nose and pondered about her Native American physical attributes, is quite possible. There is nothing in Elizabeth Warren's story from the European side of the fence. When the son of the friend of my parents married a Hispanic girl, I heard all kinds of nasty comments. People of mixed Native American and European ancestry who identified and tried to live in the European American world would not want to keep or have any documentation of their Native American ancestors. Within the family there would be whispered stories and mixed feelings about it. In researching my own ancestors, I am finding even in census records disparities in people recording their ethnic background and the place their parent were born. My own father who has passed away was born in New York, but on his Navy records said he was born in Nebraska. He was on the Orphan Train and adopted by a family in Nebraska. There was not all of this standardization and people who had parents die when they were very young forgot where they were born so put down what they thought. Elizabeth Warren is not applying for membership in a tribe so she needs no documentation to prove her family history. She was smart, articulate, and well educated and earned these jobs, just like all of the other professors. What those who hired her knew or didn't know of her ethnic background would not get her jobs as a professor, especially if she was not the best qualified to get the job. If someone made note of it so what. The issue of Elizabeth Warren's ethnic background has nothing to do with her becoming a senator. The fact that this is an issue shows Scott Brown's prejudices. This issue simply brings to light the prejudice and civil rights struggles that go on in Indian Country and in cities that Native Americans have migrated to. This country has never dealt with Native American issues and the residue of feelings from the Native American Wars and the European American effort to totally wipe out Native American culture and identity and to confine Native Americans to Reservations or scatter them into ghettos in the cities.