Who's a Native American? It's complicated
May 14th, 2012
02:47 PM ET
11 years ago

Who's a Native American? It's complicated

(CNN) – The recent controversy over Massachusetts congressional candidate Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry, where the campaign of her opponent for a senate seat called for her to release documents claiming her Cherokee ancestry, has caused some to ask: What makes someone "legitimately" Native American? And who gets to make that determination?

"Fundamentally, it's the tribe’s right to determine who its citizens are and are not. If we don't know (whether someone is American Indian), we can ask the tribe," said Julia Good Fox, professor of American Indian Studies at Haskell Indian Nations University.


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  1. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "She lied and got caught and everyone is helping her keep up her lie."

    She made a statement she reasonably believed to be true at the time based on what she was told about her family history. She didn't scam any scholarships or otherwise benefit. It's quite curious you never comments on the far more outrageous statements, misstatements, misrepresentations and lies coming out of your own GOBP cult? Why is that?

    May 14, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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