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Boston Globe Correction: Actually, Still No Proof Warren Part Cherokee

11:00 AM, May 15, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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The Boston Globe issued this lengthy correction to an article the newspaper ran on May 1, which purported to have a document proving Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren was part Cherokee, as she has claimed. "A record unearthed Monday shows that US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has a great-great-great grandmother listed in an 1894 document as a Cherokee, said a genealogist at the New England Historic and Genealogy Society," the original Globe article read, with the headline, "Document ties Warren kin to Cherokee."

Here's the correction, issued today:

Correction: Because of a reporting error, a story in the May 1 Metro section and the accompanying headline incorrectly described the 1894 document that was purported to list Elizabeth Warren’s great-great-great grandmother as a Cherokee. The document, alluded to in a family newsletter found by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, was an application for a marriage license, not the license itself. Neither the society nor the Globe has seen the primary document, whose existence has not been proven.

Warren has cited family lore and her aunt's claim that her grandfather had "high cheekbones" as proof of her Native American ancestry. Recent reports have shown Warren was listed as a minority faculty member both at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania.

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