By Jon Dougherty
A week after she apologized to the Cherokee Nation for trying to prove she was of Native American descent using a DNA test last fall, a report Tuesday noted that 2020 Democratic presidential contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wrote “American Indian” as her race in a handwritten Texas State Bar association registration form in 1986.
The claim made more than 30 years ago is the latest indication that Warren attempted to identify as a minority from her earliest days as a law school professor, which has led some critics to claim she did so in order to advance her career.
The revelation, which was initially reported by the Washington Post, is the first verified instance of Warren attempting to claim Native American ancestry in an official document, and in her own writing.
The finding is only likely to add more fuel to Republicans’ and even some Democrats’ attacks, including POTUS Donald Trump, who have criticized Warren in the past for making such claims so she could bolster her career under false pretenses.
When questioned by reporters from the Post, Warren’s office did not dispute the bar registration form, Fox News reported.
After apologizing to the Cherokee Nation last week, Warren also apologized on Tuesday in a more broad sense for claiming to be Native American “for almost two decades,” the Post reported.
Here is the form Elizabeth Warren filled out for the State Bar of Texas claiming American Indian heritage. pic.twitter.com/VwHifS7BCL
— Amy Gardner (@AmyEGardner) February 6, 2019
“For the seven years this has been in the news, Elizabeth Warren has refused to apologize. Now, four days before her formal presidential launch, she’s issued a politically opportunistic apology that doesn’t go nearly far enough,” Republican National Committee (RNC) spokesman Mike Reed said in a statement, referring to Warren’s plan to formally begin her campaign for the White House on Saturday.
“Warren pretended to be a minority to climb the Ivy League ladder — a lie that will continue to haunt her presidential ambitions.”
The Post report notwithstanding, several mainstream media outlets have claimed in the past that Warren “had not” listed herself as a minority in her “student applications and during her time as a teacher at the University of Texas,” including — unsurprisingly — CNN.
Also, as Lifezette noted, “Records unearthed by The Boston Globe found that in 1981, 1985, and 1988, personnel forms at the University of Texas showed that Warren had called herself ‘white.'”
But in reality, the Texas Bar Association registration is just one of several instances where Warren pretended she was Native America.
Fox News noted:
She indicated that she was Cherokee in an Oklahoma cookbook called “Pow Wow Chow” in 1984, and listed herself as a minority in the Association of American Law Schools Directory of Faculty from 1986 to 1995 — a move she said later was an effort to “connect” with other “people like me.”
Warren dropped off the list in 1995, after moving to Harvard Law School. But in 1996, an article in the student-run Harvard Crimson apparently indicated that faculty members and administrators still believed Warren was Native American.
“Although the conventional wisdom among students and faculty is that the Law School faculty includes no minority women, Chmura said Professor of Law Elizabeth Warren is Native American,” the article stated, referring to Harvard spokesman Mike Chmura.
And a 2005 document obtained by The Hill indicated that the University of Pennsylvania Law School considered Warren among its past minority faculty members.
Nevertheless, throughout her academic career, Warren maintained she never attempted to portray herself as a Native American minority in order to advance her career.
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