Rebecca Nagle of Oklahoma and of the Cherokee nation appeared on Fox News with Jesse Watters.
There she proudly voiced her frustration over Elizabeth Warren and her claim that she is Native America. Nagle stated with Watters that the Native American community has asked Warren to stop claiming their ancestry as her own.
“As a mixed Native woman, I get to relive the stereotypes that Warren perpetuates every day,” Nagle said, Fox News Insider reports. “I’m not ‘part-Cherokee’, I am Cherokee. [We’re] not bit fractions of imagined Indians that used to exist. [Warren should] take responsibility for her false claim.”
Simply put and according to The Daily Wire, Native Americans keep amazing records of their genealogy and again simply put Warren’s family isn’t in them.
“She’s not part of the Cherokee community,” former Cherokee Nation Chief Chad Smith told The Boston Globe. “She hasn’t reached out. She hasn’t come here and participated much.”
“The mark of value in claiming heritage is: Do you use your position to give back?” he continued. “If it is a claim that is valuable to her, she should be helping Indian country. She might be doing it with the overall agenda. But unless she’s contributing back, it is a somewhat hollow claim.”
Regarding her claim to the heritage, as reported by Politifact:
Warren’s campaign team could never uncover any documents that confirmed Native American heritage in her family.
The New England Historic Genealogical Society also could not find any.
‘We have no proof that Elizabeth Warren’s great-great-great-grandmother O.C. Sarah Smith either is or is not of Cherokee descent,’ society spokesman Tom Champoux told the Herald for a May 2012 story. (When we called the society, a spokesman said we should look at its statements from 2012.)
Warren’s ultimate explanation was she was drawing on family stories.
“As a kid, I never asked my mom about documentation when she talked about our Native American heritage,” Warren said in a 2012 campaign ad. “What kid would? But I knew my father’s family didn’t like that she was part Cherokee and part Delaware. So my parents had to elope.”
Warren’s extended family offered a mixed take on those stories to Boston Globe reporters.