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  • Joseph M. Pierce

Open Letter to Elizabeth Warren

Updated: May 26

In February 2020 I collaborated with three other Cherokee Nation citizens, Daniel Heath Justice, Rebecca Nagle, and Twila Barnes, organizing an open letter to US Senator Elizabeth Warren. This letter was signed by over 200 Cherokees and other Native Americans.

The letter can be found here.

The Warren campaign’s response can be accessed here.

There was a lot of coverage of the letter, here are a few stories:

  1. The LA Times: https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-02-26/elizabeth-warren-again-is-pressed-on-past-claims-of-native-american-heritage

  2. The Oklahoman: https://oklahoman.com/article/5656033/letter-from-cherokee-nation-citizens-prompts-elizabeth-warren-apology-for-real-harm-to-tribes

  3. The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/south-carolina-debate-primary-02-26?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage#warren-is-criticized-again-over-past-ancestry-claims-and-writes-a-12-page-response

  4. Business Insider: https://www.businessinsider.com/native-americans-warren-to-renounce-ancestry-claim-dna-test-2020-2

  5. The Hill: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/484731-over-200-native-americans-sign-letter-urging-warren-to-retract-ancestry

  6. Axios: https://www.axios.com/elizabeth-warren-native-american-ancestry-apology-8b8f1d1d-b2da-4d08-8ab9-2a547498e212.html

  7. The Associated Press: https://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20200227/warren-still-dogged-by-past-claims-of-indigenous-ancestry

  8. Teen Vogue: https://www.teenvogue.com/story/cherokee-citizens-elizabeth-warren-tribal-heritage-sovereignty

  9. Indian Country Today: https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/news/the-most-public-debate-about-our-identity-in-a-generation-33WgRLzK7EChLu6PwmOEYA


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