I think Pierce makes an excellent point (read it through to the end, it jumps into the breach), there’s another aspect to this that I find insidious: the media and the political class are trying to shove Warren into being a cultural appropriationist. The thing that she has NOT done is claim to be any sort of native, belonging to a tribe, or otherwise have any identity as a member of a tribal community.
And I might add that as far as I know, no native tribe has asked her to join. There is literally nothing here.
This whole thing is stupid and has the same potential to be another but her emails level of distraction, or some strange variant of Birtherism. For blog’s sake, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein, blood is blood is blood. This is another bucketful of Republican racism and holds the promise of the White Supremacists to revive favorite terms like quadroons and octoroons and their favorite miscegenation theories.
You can see it coming down the pike a hundred-miles-per-hour.