This One Stung: Native American Activist Exposes Sen. Warren’s Ancestors
A citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a Native American activist rocked Senator Warren’s campaign in an op-ed demanding her to “tell the truth” about her ancestors and how they interacted with the Cherokee Nation.
Rebecca Nagle is a member of the Cherokee Nation and has had enough of Warren excuses despite her apology. Nagle wrote:
In 1836, Warren’s great-great-great-grandfather, a white man named William Marsh, enlisted himself in a Tennessee militia to fight in the “Cherokee War,” an occupation of Cherokee land in the lead-up to the Trail of Tears. Decades later, his grandson John Houston Crawford moved his family onto Indian Territory and squatted on Cherokee land in a move that, with no record of a permit, was almost certainly illegal.
The Crawfords were just some of the tens of thousands of white squatters who outnumber Cherokees on our own land. While Cherokee Nation beseeched Congress to enforce our treaty rights and kick them out, the squatters pushed Congress to divide up our treaty territory and create a path to white land ownership; the squatters won.
The Crawfords settled in the new state of Oklahoma. They lived among Indians, but it wasn’t always peaceful. In 1906, John Crawford shot a Creek man for hitting his son. According to The Boston Globe, his son, Rosco, would later tell stories about how “mean” the Indians were. But one of Crawford’s grandchildren, Pauline Reed, told a very different story. Not a story of living among Indians, a story of being Indian.
Pauline’s youngest child, Elizabeth, grew up with her mother’s version of the story. And though the family had no evidence or relationship to the tribe, Elizabeth Warren never questioned it, she wrote in her memoir. It was her family story, she would say.
The story of Warren‘s family traces the history of Cherokee Nation, but we sit on opposite sides of that history. Like many other white families, Warren’s ancestors replaced the truth of their complicity in Cherokee dispossession with a tale of being Cherokee. If that’s not wrong, if that’s not racist, I don’t know what is.
She simply needs to state she does not have a Cherokee ancestor and that she was wrong to claim one. Until then, Cherokee people will be left fighting the mountain of confusion she caused.
Our President was ridiculed and told he was being sexists when he attacked Senator Warren for lying about her heritage. This is just another great example of how amazing President Trump is, he took Senator Warren out of the running before she ever got started and she just can’t get away from it. Despite apologizing this week Senator Warren is still get attacked by the left and after this op-ed that doesn’t seem like it’s going to stop anytime soon.