FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 25, 2019
BOSTON, MA - Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be delighting her local Boston followers by cooking one of her recipes from Pow Wow Chow, a book available on amazon . com. In December, Warren announced an exploratory committee to allow her to begin raising campaign funding for a possible run for president in 2020.
When her heritage came under public scrutiny during her bid for the U.S. Senate in 2012, Warren pointed to several recipes she submitted for her cousin’s cookbook, entitled “Pow Wow Chow,” as evidence that she is actually descended from Native Americans, according to an article in The Federalist.
The full title of the book is “Pow Wow Chow: A Collection of Recipes from Families of the Five Civilized Tribes : Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole.” The book was published by Five Civilized Tribes Museum in 1984.
In the cookbook, not only does she list herself as Cherokee, her husband is also listed as Cherokee, and he offers his own recipe as well.
The recipes, Cold Omelets with Crab Meat, and and Crab with Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing, were probably plagerized from a cooking / recipe article written by Pierre Franey and published by The New York Times News Service.
Not only are the recipes not Native American or Cherokee, they are most likely French in origin, and probably don’t belong in any Native American cookbook.
More recently, in October of last year, Sen. Warren presented the results of a DNA test that showed she has distant Native American ancestry. However, she has offered no proof that she has Cherokee ancestry, which she has claimed.
Her public DNA test has brought criticism and disbelief from at least one member of a national Cherokee organization, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr, who said the DNA test would not determine whether Warren had ancestry from North or South America.
"Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation, he said in a statement on the cherokee.org web site.
“Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven.”
Hoskin, Jr. said Sen. Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.
Warren’s publicist has not yet confirmed which site she has chosen for the cooking event.
There are many schools in the Boston area who might welcome her and her, including Stir, Artepicure Cooking School, Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, Future Chefs, SelfUp, and Boston Center for Adult Education.
Franey is both an accomplished French chef and the author of numerous books, including the popular 60-minute gourmet series of cook books. He is also the author of a memoir of sorts, “A Chef's Tale: A Memoir of Food, France and America.”
Warren’s publicist could not confirm if Franey would assist Warren with any of her Pow Wow Chow recipes.
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