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Paper turns to Ancestry.Com to research Churchill

The Denver Post researched controversial University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill's heritage on Ancestry.Com and turned up no Indian ancestors.

According to a chart [GIF] compiled by the paper, Churchill's ancestors include a man who fought against "hostile Indians" in Georgia during the Revolutionary War. But while the Cherokees lived in Georgia at the time, the paper said none of his ancestors claimed Cherokee heritage.

Churchill would need at least three full-blood Cherokee great-great-grandparents to claim 3/16 Cherokee heritage. Or he would need just one to be 1/16 Cherokee, as he has also claimed.

Get the Story:
Questions stoke Ward Churchill's firebrand past (The Denver Post 2/13)
Colorado Professor Faces Claims of Academic Fraud (The Los Angeles Times 2/12)
Churchill speech protested (The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel 2/12)
N.Y. professor loses post over Churchill controversy (AP 2/12)

Churchill's 9/11 Essay:
"Some People Push Back" On the Justice of Roosting Chickens (Pockets of Resistance September 2001)

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