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In this May 2, 2012 photo, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Elizabeth Warren, speaks to reporters during a news conference while campaigning at Liberty Bay Credit Union headquarters in Braintree, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) In this May 2, 2012 photo, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Elizabeth Warren, speaks to reporters during a news conference while campaigning at Liberty Bay Credit Union headquarters in Braintree, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  

Cherokees to Elizabeth Warren: ‘We don’t claim you!’

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

More than 150 Cherokee Indians have joined a group online demanding more information from Massachusetts senate candidate Elizabeth Warren about her claims of Native American heritage.

“You claim to be Cherokee. … We don’t claim you!” the group “Cherokees Demand Truth from Elizabeth Warren” declares on its website.

Warren has been embroiled in a controversy for weeks after it was revealed that the Harvard law professor once touted herself as an American Indian minority. She has since struggled to prove those claims as critics argue she claimed that heritage to further her career.

According to a mission statement posted on its website, the group is made up of “authentic Cherokees and descendants devoted to sharing the truth about our history.”

The group said they are made up of descendants from the Cherokee Nation, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

“Our mission is to help people understand what a real Cherokee is and to show why Elizabeth Warren claiming to be Cherokee without proof is harmful and offensive to us.”

Cornell Law School professor William A. Jacobson first reported the existence of the group Wednesday morning on his Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion blog.

The group states on its website that the group is led by Twila Barnes and David Cornsilk.

“I would like to meet with Ms. Warren, in person, and explain why her false claim of Cherokee ancestry is an issue,” Barnes told Breitbart.com. “She can ignore the questions of a reporter, but can she ignore the questions of a real Cherokee?”

A spokesman for the group couldn’t immediately be reached by The Daily Caller.

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