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Mass. Senate hopeful explains heritage listing

Associated Press Modified: May 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm •  Published: May 2, 2012

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren said Wednesday she listed herself as having Native American heritage in law school directories because she hoped to meet people with similar roots.

Warren, a Harvard Law School professor, said she never tried to use minority status to get teaching jobs and criticized the campaign of Republican Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown for suggesting that may have been the case.

"I listed myself in the directory in the hopes that might mean that I would be invited to a luncheon, a group, something that might happen with people who are like I am," Warren said during a campaign appearance in Braintree, according to the Boston Herald (

The listing did not produce any such contacts, and she later stopped using it, Warren said.

Law school directories from the Association of American Law Schools from 1986 to 1995 put Warren on the association's list of "minority law teachers" when she was teaching at the University of Texas and the University of Pennsylvania.

According to the directories, the list is made up of "those legal educators who stated they were members of a minority group."

Warren, who grew up in Oklahoma, has said she's proud of her family ties to Cherokee and Delaware tribes — a heritage she said she learned through stories passed down to her from older family members.

On Wednesday, she accused Brown's campaign of using the Native American listing as a way of insinuating that she was not qualified for her job.

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