A Big Oops for the Boston Globe Story on Elizabeth Warren


The Boston Globe backed up Elizabeth Warren’s claim that she has a great-great-great grandmother who was Native-American.

The following is from Noah Bierman’s article, Document ties Warren kin to Cherokees

A record unearthed Monday shows that US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has a great-great-great grandmother listed in an 1894 document as a Cherokee, said a genealogist at the New England Historic and Genealogy Society…

…Chris Child, a genealogist at the New England Historic and Genealogy Society, said he began digging into Warren’s family history on Thursday, when media interest emerged.

At first, he found no link between Warren’s family and Native Americans in her native Oklahoma.

But Monday afternoon, he said, he discovered a few links. Warren’s great-great-great grandmother, O.C. Sarah Smith, is listed on her son’s 1894 application for a marriage license as a Cherokee.

Child also found that Warren’s great-grandfather, John Houston Crawford, had lived in Native American territory, but identified himself as white in a 1900 census.

Child cautioned that the search for ancestry often takes a long time and that more information could still emerge as he continues to research the issue.

But he said Warren’s family is not included in the official Dawes Commission rolls, a census of major tribes completed in the early 20th century that Cherokees use to determine tribal citizenship…[Boston Globe]

Well, big uh oh, apparently that wasn’t accurate. Nestled among a couple other corrections in an obscure section of the paper, the following correction was printed without fanfare –

■ Correction: Because of a reporting error, a story in the May 1 Metro section and the accompanying headline incorrectly described the 1894 document that was purported to list Elizabeth Warren’s great-great-great grandmother as a Cherokee. The document, alluded to in a family newsletter found by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, was an application for a marriage license, not the license itself. Neither the society nor the Globe has seen the primary document, whose existence has not been proven. [Boston Globe]

Special Report with Bret Baier announced this evening that there is no genealogist either. I don’t have any details on that.

And this from the Harvard Crimson –

We welcome the announcement last week that noted scholar Lani Guinier ’71 accepted tenure from Harvard Law School (HLS) and hope her appointment will be followed by offers to others from a diversity of backgrounds.

Guinier will become the first female African-American professor in the 181-year history of HLS. A former Clinton nominee and former NAACP lawyer and an expert on voting rights and civil-rights law, Guinier is a welcome addition to the HLS faculty. However, her appointment is the first in what continues to be a painfully slow process of bringing professors of minority ethnicities to the Harvard University faculty.

Harvard Law School currently has only one tenured minority woman, Gottlieb Professor of Law Elizabeth Warren, who is Native American. The racial makeup of the HLS Faculty has been an issue before as well: in 1989, Harvard dismissed Weld Professor of Law Derrick A. Bell after 18 years of teaching because the noted expert on race and law refused to end his leave in protest of the absence of minority women on HLS faculty.

Good grief, the woman got the job because she said she was Native-American!

Elizabeth Warren’s relatives are tied to Native-Americans however. They helped round them up for the Trail of Tears. The great-great-great grandfather of Elizabeth Warren – who has long claimed to be part Native American – was not married to a Cherokee but actually rounded them up for the Trail of Tears, it has been claimed.

Breitbart/Big Government has more on the story.