Imagine informally launching your presidential bid with a stunt designed to claim Native American authenticity and to own Trump in the process — and then having the Cherokee themselves chime in to say, “Nope.”
I feel like maybe this was a bad idea and won’t work out for her the way she thought.
Trivia: Chuck Hoskin Jr, who issued this statement for the Cherokee Nation, is the son of a Democratic politician in Oklahoma.
Cherokee Nation statement: "Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage." pic.twitter.com/qkMOAJZpsc
— Eric Bradner (@ericbradner) October 15, 2018
Maybe he’s a little ticked that, by the Warren standard, basically the entire European-American population of the U.S. can now claim membership in one or more Native American tribes.
Hoskin isn’t her only critic among Native Americans today. Nothing says “successful authenticity ploy” like being accused of colonialism by the people you’re trying to identify with:
Kim TallBear, part of the native studies faculty at the University of Alberta, said Monday that Warren taking a DNA test is “yet another strike — even if unintended — against tribal sovereignty.”…
“This shows that she focuses on and actually privileges DNA company definitions in this debate, which are ultimately settler-colonial definitions of who is indigenous,” the statement said. “As scholars of race have shown, it is one of the privileges of whiteness to define and control everyone else’s identity.”…
“Whether Elizabeth Warren or Donald Trump or 23andMe’s Carlos Bustamante know it or not, they are making settler-colonial claims to our cultural and biological patrimony yet again,” she continued.
That’s the same point Hoskin made. If you want to know who’s authentically Native American, follow the rules used by Native Americans themselves, not the one-drop standard. Or, in Warren’s case, the 1/1024th-drop standard, I guess.
Her admirers in the media will doubtless dutifully do damage control for her throughout the week. Keep this point in mind as they do:
If, say, Romney claimed his parents eloped because his mom was part NA, submitted recipes to NA cookbook, told his employers he was NA, and then a DNA test showed at LATEST he had a NA ancestor in the 1700s, the media takeaway would not be that his critics overstated things.
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) October 15, 2018
Meanwhile, to drive home the fact that this has backfired spectacularly on her everywhere else, note that she’s already become an Onion punchline:
— The Onion (@TheOnion) October 15, 2018
You’ve gotta f*** up awfully badly as a staunch progressive to get the Onion dunking on you, especially when you’re trying to dunk on Trump yourself.
Speaking of dunking, your exit quotation lies below. This is only the beginning of the fun he’s going to have with this tone-deaf doofus.
Pres. Trump says he doesn't owe Sen. Warren an apology following release of DNA test showing "strong evidence" she had a Native American ancestor dating back several generations.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 15, 2018