Monday, August 19, 2019

Elizabeth Warren vs Donald Trump's slurs.

Trump continues his racist put down of Elizabeth Warren..with his Pocohantas slur. It has been going on for a couple of years and now Warren is rising to equal Biden so Trump's put down did not work. His recent rants at rallies show he has not given up and we can expect more of the same in the future. She fumbled the answer a year ago and did a DNA test which shows she has some Native American DNA, but not much and long in the past. Once Warren had marked native American on one application, but it never gave her an advantage in hiring and she has not done it since. I have posted the difficulty between ancestral claims and enough DNA to qualify to be on a Cherokee nation rolls., which is very strict and hard to meet. She does not. As a person growing up in Cherokee country in Oklahoma...and with most of my classmates qualifying for Cherokee tribal rolls. and with both my attitude and American history presented from the Cherokee viewpoint, let me, 100% of European DNA, tell how this happens. Cherokees occupied land in Southeastern US and became cotton farmers and "civilized", sending their principal chiefs to Harvard. However, under Andrew Jackson, their cotton land was coveted by others who were running out of land for expansion in the Southern States. Jackson forcefully removed the Cherokees to Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, in 1838, following earlier forced marches by Choctaws, in one of the most horrific acts committed against native Americans, force marching them on the infamous Trail of Tears in winter in which 5000 died. Since the late 1830s, Cherokees in  Indian Territory/Eastern Oklahoma hunted and farmed there and intermarriage with Whites was not uncommon. There were also Black slaves who intermarried with the Cherokees, though mostly those mixed marriages were with Choctaws, also persecuted and relocated under terrible forced marches before the Civil War. The result is that most of those tracing ancestors in Oklahoma for a couple of generations and even back to a time before the Trail of Tears, are of mixed heritage but still boast proudly of  Cherokee blood. It is not unusual for whispers of this mixed ancestor to be passed down to their descendants as a matter of pride in the face of prejudice, even though the DNA tracings may go back generations. I treasure my education from the Cherokee viewpoint and owe it to a lifelong dedication to helping those who have faced discrimination and mistreatment in the past. I get how cruel the ruling majority can be to an ethnic, racial minority and much of it has to do with economic exploitation, from grabbing tribal cotton lands to slavery to pick the cotton and so many other tragic examples. It is a shame and blot on our country's history. Warren may have some of the same sympathies for Native Americans I have, even though the DNA may be small or zero. It is baked in the nature of many eastern Oklahomans as she is.

From a 10/15/18 Muftic Forum blog posting;Elizabeth Warren and I both have eastern Oklahoma roots:

I, too, am from eastern Oklahoma, though neither of my parents were from there. In my school classroom in the late 40's and early 50'nearly 2/3 were native American on tribal rolls and nearly everyone else could report somewhere in their backgrounds were native American ancestors, and told so by a grandmother.. The native Americans there were moved by Andrew
Jackson from the southeastern US. in the 1840's. While Warren's DNA was not weighted enough to qualify for the tribal rolls, it did not negate the fact that her grandmother believed she had Native American in her heritage and now she has strong evidence it was so. Check out

Elizabeth Warren never claimed she was on the Cherokee tribal rolls nor did she rely on Cherokee heritage for job applications. However, her DNA contains a bit of Cherokee in her. To be on the tribal rolls (per the Cherokee nation web site)" To be eligible for Cherokee Nation tribal citizenship, you must be able to provide documents that connect you to a direct ancestor listed on one of the Dawes Final Rolls of Citizens of the Cherokee Nation. To be eligible for a federal Certificate Degree of Indian Blood, you must demonstrate through documentation that you descend directly from a person listed on the Dawes’ “by Blood” rolls. This group of census rolls were taken between 1899-1906 of Citizens and Freedmen residing in Indian Territory (now northeastern Oklahoma). If your ancestor did not live in this geographical area during that time period, they will not be listed on the Dawes Rolls."

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