Cherokee Nation Responds to Elizabeth Warren

Cherokee Nation Responds to Elizabeth Warren this way:

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. issued the following statement Monday in response to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test claiming Native Heritage:

“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”

So drop dead Elizabeth Warren. You’re no Cherokee.

Not my Great-Grandmother, but looks like her

I’m pretty sure I have some Oglala-Lakota Sioux blood circling around my body because a big part of my ancestry is from SE Wyoming and Western Nebraska. Just about everybody whose lineage includes that area will likely have some Sioux blood because Buffalo Bill Cody (1846-1917) impregnated just about every nubile Squaw in the Sioux nation during his lifetime. In addition to all that Sioux heritage, those of us who hail from that region can also claim to be distantly related to Buffalo Bill.

I’ve seen a photo (long lost, not the one at left) of my one of my great grandmothers who lived in North Platte, Nebraska (a place Buffalo Bill frequented often) around the time Buffalo Bill was in his prime. The photo was made when she was either late teen age or early twenties, and is unmistakably that of a full-blood Sioux woman. She was born around 1880 and lived in the North Platte area until around 1906 when she and her Scot Irish husband relocated to a homestead North of Cheyenne. She died in 1974, age 94 (as best anyone knows).

None of this will give me any rights as an Lakota Indian, except I’m a helluva lot more Indian than Elizabeth Warren. She’s 1/1024th at best. I’m almost a true cross-breed (but not a half-breed as one of my grandmothers must have been). I’d be about a 1/16th. Not enough to get me into the tribe. Even if it were enough they would never take me because I have no Sioux culture or life experience in my psyche. I wouldn’t fit in. I may have some blood lineage, but I have no tribal heritage and that’s what counts for membership in the tribe. I’d be a better fit in a Scot-Irish Tribe.

There must be hundreds of Sioux around today with some measure of white blood due to Buffalo Bill’s 19th Century fondness of Sioux females.

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