Cherokees angered by Elizabeth Warren's claims of Native American heritage said today they'll stand in silent protest against the embattled Senate candidate during Saturday's Democratic Convention in Springfield.
"I believe we need a presence there. Warren hasn't recanted her claims or apologized to the Cherokee people," said David Cornsilk, a 53-year-old citizen of Cherokee Nation who co-created a group called "Cherokees Demand Truth from Elizabeth Warren."
The protest will come as Warren's Democratic rival Marisa DeFranco pushes to get 15 percent of delegate support at the Saturday convention in order to get on the ballot. Warren nabbed Gov. Deval Patrick's endorsement yesterday, only three days before the convention as questions continue about whether she used her alleged roots to get a teaching job at Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania.
Cornsilk said Warren's admission today that she did inform both ivy leagueschools of her alleged American Indian ties points to her character. Warren had originally said she didn't know the universities were listing her as Native American until she read about it in the Boston Herald.
"I think there's a pattern of deception that is emerging, and she's showing that she did know and that she did do these things," said Cornsilk.
Warren said she told the school about her claims of Native American links, but only after she already received a job.