Elizabeth Warren’s Indian Roots Explored

It seems Elizabeth Warren is really an Indian after all. The Boston Globe did a deep dive into Warren’s heritage and found a number of relatives who confirmed that the Senate candidate has distant family ties to the Cherokee and Delaware tribes.

It was revealed in April that Warren had been listed as a minority by Harvard because of her Native American descent but Warren had been unable to provide any evidence of this besides family histories. The result was that she was slammed as a “fake Indian” and hurt her standing in the polls.

Just as incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown’s stint as a male model was blown out of proportion in his 2010 special election, far too much attention has been paid to whether Warren’s grandfather had “high cheekbones.” The Globe’s reporting should hopefully bury the issue once and for all. The campaign can finally move forward to enable Massachusetts voters to get down to the real policy differences between Warren and Brown.

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Ben Jacobs

Ben Jacobs is a journalist living in New York. He is a former reporter for Newsweek/The Daily Beast and contributor to the Boston Globe editorial page. Follow him on Twitter @bencjacobs.