Saturday, May 19, 2012

On This Date In 2008

Who hasn't been having fun with the Fauxcahontas story?

Poor Elizabeth Warren. Her Senate aspirations have taken a hit with the never-ending story about her seemingly risible claims of Native American ancestry.

Mark Steyn writes today:

As The Fordham Law Review reported, “Harvard Law School hired its first woman of color, Elizabeth Warren, in 1995.” There is no evidence that Mrs. Warren, now the Democrats’ Senate candidate, is anything other than 100 percent white. She walks like a white, quacks like a white, looks whiter than white. She’s the whitest white since Frosty the Snowman fell in a vat of Wite-Out. But she “self-identified” as Cherokee, so that makes her a “woman of color.” Why, back in 1984 she submitted some of her favorite dishes to the Pow Wow Chow cookbook, a “compilation of recipes passed down through the Five Tribes families.”

The recipes from “Elizabeth Warren — Cherokee” include a crab dish with tomato mayonnaise. Mrs. Warren’s fictional Cherokee ancestors in Oklahoma were renowned for their ability to spear the fast-moving Oklahoma crab. It’s in the state song: “Ooooooklahoma! Where the crabs come sweepin’ down the plain . . . ” But then the white man came and now the Oklahoma crab is extinct, and at the Cherokee clambakes they have to make do with Mrs. Warren’s traditional Five Tribes recipe for Cherokee Lime Pie.

And, of course, we had our fun with Warren's ancestry here -- although even that tenuous lineage has since been debunked.

In other Native American news, on this date in 2008, Barack Obama was adopted by the Crow Indians:

CROW AGENCY, Mont. – As the Democratic presidential campaign has moved from season to season over the last 16 months, the political rallies and the town meetings often have taken on a similar feeling and a familiar flavor.

Not so today, here on the Crow Indian Reservation.

As Senator Barack Obama campaigned for the presidential primary in Montana – one of two states that closes out the Democratic nominating process on June 3 – he was welcomed here by a few thousand people. In a private ceremony, he was adopted into the Crow Nation and bestowed the name, “One Who Helps People Throughout the Land.”

“Senator Obama, welcome to Crow Country,” said Carl Venne, the tribal chairman.

The crowd thundered with applause as Mr. Obama was escorted onto stage by Hartford and Mary Black Eagle. They were his sponsors – or new parents, according to local custom – who were selected because they have five living generations on the reservation.
“I like my new name: Barack Black Eagle. That is a good name,” Mr. Obama told the outdoor audience. As he recognized local officials, he stumbled over a few names, saying with a smile: “I was just adopted into the tribe. I’m still working on my pronunciations.”

They say everyone is a Native American for 15 minutes. Actually, they don't say that. But people like Warren and Obama certainly believe they're entitled to it.

Adopted Native American Barack Black Eagle Obama shows his deep
respect for his adopted culture by ever so solemnly presenting
Joe Medicine Crow - High Bird with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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