Nah. It’s never been so. The higher level the case, the more generally insincere the attorney. Why expect anything different now?
Elizabeth Warren, Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard School of Law, has a genealogist (Christopher Child) who claims now to have on hand a marriage certificate of Warren’s great-great-great grandmother (O. C. Sarah Smith) on which said ancestor designated herself “Cherokee.” But that doesn’t meet the standard of legal identity as an American Indian. First of all, the issue is whether or not she has an ancestor on the Dawes Commission rolls (of 1898-1914). If she does not, she is not legally Indian. The marriage certificate is irrelevant. Secondly, the marriage certificate (of obviously nearly pre-Civil War date) does not indicate blood quantum. It might be very small, in which case, Elizabeth may as well claim Eve as her ancestor.
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