Think Progress Op-Ed: I Am a Cherokee Woman, Elizabeth Warren Is Not

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Rebecca Nagle, a Cherokee woman, in an opinion piece posted to the Think Progress site, chastises Sen. Elizabeth Warren – not so much for falsely claiming to be part Cherokee to advance her career at Harvard University – as for failing, time and again, to lend visibility to Native peoples in the Ivy League, in government, or in American society generally.

From Think Progress:

For 72 hours this week, news headlines focused on President Donald Trump’s offensive usage of the name “Pocahontas” when he referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at an event to honor Navajo Code Talkers on Monday.

As a young Cherokee woman, one would assume that I would take Warren’s side in standing up against Trump’s racist remark. Following the incident, Warren lambasted the president, telling MSNBC that Trump has done “this over and over thinking somehow he’s going to shut me up with it. It hadn’t worked in the past, it is not going to work in the future.”

A real Native American hero, right?


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