In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, the Harvard Law School professor and consumer advocate also addressed in greater detail other questions related to her family heritage, which she has not documented. She spoke on the eve of the Democratic State Convention in Springfield, Mass., where she was expected on Saturday to receive the endorsement of delegates in her bid to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown.
Warren has always maintained that she learned of her heritage through family lore. In the interview, she detailed further what she and her brothers had been told by their parents, the late Don and Pauline Herring.
"My mom and dad were deeply in love," said Warren, who was raised in Oklahoma. My father wanted to marry my mother, his parents objected, because she was part-Cherokee and part-Delaware."
"My parents eloped, in order to marry. It’s something my brothers and I grew up with. We always understood the difference, between our father’s family and our mother’s family," she said.
By Charles P. Pierce
When I was a little girl, I learned about my family's heritage the same way everyone else does--from my parents and grandparents. My mother, grandmother, and aunts were open about my family's Native American heritage, and I never had any reason to doubt them. What kid asks their grandparents for legal documentation to go along with their family stories? What kid asks their mother for proof in how she describes herself? My heritage is a part of who I am--and I am proud of it.
But that's not good enough for Scott Brown and the Republican Party. For several weeks now, they have orchestrated an attack against my family, my job qualifications, and my character. Earlier today, Scott Brown even questioned the honesty of my parents--even though they are not fair game and are not here to defend themselves.
Scott Brown wants me to give up my family and forget where I came from. I'm not doing that--not for politics and not for anything else. I'll hold on to every memory I can. My family is part of who I am, and they will be part of who I am until I die.
I discussed these issues on Facebook:
"What kid asks their mother for proof in how she describes herself?" Me. When Dad said he ran the 100-yard dash in 10 seconds or Mom said her ancestors came over on the Mayflower, I wanted evidence. I didn't swallow these claims uncritically.
Dad was full of it, we're pretty sure. But Mom's claims turned out to be true.
I also don't repeat my family stories to employers or the government. Unlike Warren, who used her history without verifying it.
Bottom line: My mommy told me Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy were real. If I'm Elizabeth Warren, I still believe in them.
Unlike Elizabeth Warren, smart kids question everything their parents say. You can't believe anything those bumblers tell you. <g>
For more on Elizabeth Warren, see Cherokees to Protest Warren and Warren Told Schools She Was Native.