Of the prime speaking slot, Self-proclaimed American Indian Elizabeth Warren said, “It will be an honor to share the convention stage with President Clinton on Wednesday, and to talk about what is happening to America’s families.”
Elizabeth Warren identified herself as Native American to Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania when she taught at both schools.
“At some point after I was hired by them, I… provided that information to the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard,” Warren said in a statement to the Boston Globe, the newspaper reported. “My Native American heritage is part of who I am, I’m proud of it and I have been open about it.”
Warren, who is a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, had previously admitted to listing herself as a minority in a legal directory in the ’80s and ’90s, due to a Cherokee heritage that her family claims. But Warren had not previously acknowledged ever identifying herself as a Native American to the two universities at which she was hired to teach.
Governor Deval Patrick urged Warren to come clean about her phony Indian story yesterday during a joint press conference.