Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Not so Native American after all

Now that Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren's tale of Native American ancestry is getting serious scrutiny, an ironic twist has been uncovered by those sleuthing her family tree.

It appears Warren has an ancestor who rounded up Cherokees, and sent 'em packing down the Trail of Tears. Blogging at Legal Insurrection, William A. Jacobson notes:
(T)he husband of Warren’s alleged Cherokee connection, her great-great-great grandfather, was part of a militia unit which rounded up the Cherokees for the Trail of Tears. In addition to the confirmation by a genealogist working with me who posted his findings at yesterday, another genealogist has confirmed that finding as reported at The Boston Herald. 
Politicians can tell some whoppers, sometimes creating yarns a full one-eighty from the truth.

We still have some real gaps in what we know about the lifetime of our president. The new enlightenment about Warren's claims going back twenty-some years makes me all the more curious what sealed records belonging to President Obama might show about his personal history.

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