Federalist- More than 200 members of the Cherokee Nation penned an open letter to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren Wednesday urging the Democratic presidential candidate to “fully address the harm” she caused by falsely identifying as a Native American for years.
“Whatever your intentions, your actions have normalized white people claiming to be Native, and perpetuated a dangerous misunderstanding of tribal sovereignty,” they wrote. “Your actions do not exist in a vacuum but are part of a long and violent history.”
The tribe said white citizens claiming to be members of “fake tribes” have continued to be awarded more than $800 million in federal contracts set aside for minority businesses.
“Rather than using evidence of Native ancestry, these fake tribes rely solely on family stories and commercial DNA tests,” the authors explained. “When you still defend yourself by stating you believed what you heard growing up, you set a harmful example for these white people stealing Native identity and resources.” read more