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Native American accuses Elizabeth Warren and Harvard of ‘ethnic fraud’

A Native American who attended Harvard is accusing her alma mater and Massachusetts Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren of committing “ethnic fraud.”

Warren said she was a minority early in her legal career, citing her family’s Native American heritage. But Warren has been unable to prove that ancestry.

In a Monday post on the Indian Country Today Media Network, Margo (Kickingbird) DeLaune and Cole DeLaune wrote that they are “profoundly disturbed” by the story.

“Over the course of the past month, facts have come to attention that leave little doubt that the [Harvard Law School] bureaucracy and professor Warren perpetrated nothing less than ethnic fraud,” they wrote.

DeLaune, a lifelong Democrat, is enrolled with the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The post is titled “We should denounce the conduct of Harvard and Elizabeth Warren.”

The duo calls on Native American alumni of Harvard, as well as the university’s current American-Indian students and staffers to support Warren’s opponent, Republican Sen. Scott Brown.

“Because when Warren directly facilitates a corruption of equal opportunity philosophy and then disingenuously dismisses valid concerns about her behavior as attacks against her family, she demeans the bravery of our Native forebears who fought so valiantly to resist assimilation and to preserve our various ways of life,” they write.

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