Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren climbs the family tree and finds a Native American in the upper branches:
A record unearthed Monday shows that 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.
The shred of evidence could validate her claim that she has Native American ancestry, making her 1/32 American Indian, but may not put an end to the questions swirling around the subject.
Maybe the Warren campaign could bring in Cher for a fundraiser; the crowd could sing along to "Cherokee Nation", or in tribute to Ms. Warren's great-great-grandmother, "Half-Breed".
Donald Douglas surveys the action. James Taranto guesses (as do I) that Ms. Warren stopped claiming her minority status once it had brought her to the prestigious hall of Harvard; Prof. Althouse disagrees.
But our Law Schools Sans Clue award goes to the various schools described in the NY Times:
Elizabeth Warren, the likely Democratic challenger to Senator Scott P. Brown in the closely watched Senate race in Massachusetts, released statements on Monday night from officials at all of the law schools where she has taught insisting that her hiring was based on merit, not ancestry.
Aides to Mr. Brown have accused Ms. Warren, who teaches at Harvard Law School, of having misled the public by saying she had American Indian ancestors to advance her academic career at a time when law school faculties were under fire for their lack of ethnic and gender diversity.
So let's get this straight - our nation's law schools were under pressure to improve their recruitment of women and minorities. Ms. Warren was clearly flagged in the Association of American Law Schools as a double win, being a female and a Native American. Yet despite the value they claim to attach to diversity in hiring and their focus on improving their diversity in hiring, they missed the screaming clue in the directory and hired her thinking she was merely a white female. Later, of course, Harvard realized their oversight and touted her as the lone Native American woman on the payroll.
MORE: Prof. Althouse also finds this coyness about AA puzzling.