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Sunday, May 6, 2012
Snipits from article below - click link for all the details May 6, 2012
LAWRENCE — Questions about her Native American heritage
continued to dog the campaign of Democratic Massachusetts U.S. Senate
candidate Elizabeth Warren late last week, even as she made a stop at
the Everett Mills to celebrate labor unions and the Bread and Roses
strike of 1912.
Experts in genealogy and Native American culture said
this week that such a claim, if used to further an academic or
professional career, would certainly be unethical, although not illegal.
Others say the issue has brought up many questions
about racial and ethnic identity, both in terms of the DNA makeup of
people and their cultural connections.
She added, "there is a difference between having
Cherokee ancestors and being a citizen of the Cherokee Nation (or any
tribe, for that matter). There were Cherokees who for one reason or
another were not on the Dawes Rolls, which means their descendants,
while legitimately Cherokee, are not eligible for tribal citizenship. It
is not a perfect system by any stretch of the imagination, but at this
point, it is all we have to go by to determine eligibility for
Jorge Estevez, of the National Museum of the American
Indian/The Smithsonian, said that for generations, school children in
the Dominican Republic had been taught that the Taino Indians were
completely wiped out by the early to mid-1600s following the Spanish
In fact, he said, Taino bloodlines, and many Taino
customs, remain active today throughout the region.
Several different tests have been done, he said,
showing that anywhere from 10 to 40 percent of the population of the
Dominican Republic had Taino DNA markers. In Puerto Rico, the results
were even higher, with one test showing that 61 percent of the
population had Indian blood, he said.
"What it showed," he said, "is that the genocide of the
Taino people is ludicrous."
He added, "Elizabeth Warren now has a connection and a
tradition. What she does with that is her doing. Some will become
registered members of a tribe, others will just go on with their life."