Harvard Reported Elizabeth Warren as Native American In Government Filings

by Nathan Harden - Fix Editor on May 25, 2012

The Boston Globe reports today that Harvard University has been reporting Elizabeth Warren as “Native American” in federally mandated diversity filings for at least six years, possibly longer.

With Warren’s claims to minority status now utterly disproved, it appears Harvard has been filing false data with the government.

US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has said she was unaware that Harvard Law School had been promoting her purported Native American heritage until she read about it in a newspaper several weeks ago.

But for at least six straight years during Warren’s tenure, Harvard University reported in federally mandated diversity statistics that it had a Native American woman in its senior ranks at the law school. According to both Harvard officials and federal guidelines, those statistics are almost always based on the way employees describe themselves.

In addition, both Harvard’s guidelines and federal regulations for the statistics lay out a specific definition of Native American that Warren does not meet.

The documents suggest for the first time that either Warren or a Harvard administrator classified her repeatedly as Native American in papers prepared for the government in a way that apparently did not adhere to federal diversity guidelines. They raise further questions about Warren’s statements that she was unaware Harvard was promoting her as Native American.

The Warren campaign declined Thursday to answer the Globe’s specific questions about the documents. In a statement, Warren’s spokeswoman, Alethea Harney, said that “over the past month Elizabeth has answered countless questions openly while the people who recruited her have made it clear it was because of her extraordinary skill as a teacher and a groundbreaking scholar.’’

And a fraud. Let’s not leave that out.

So many questions. Will Harvard fire Warren for falsely claiming minority status? Will the government censure Harvard for filing false diversity reports? Will the people of Massachusetts send Warren down in defeat this November?

We shall see.

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