NPR 'Talk of the Nation' show to air segment on Indian ancestry

Proving Indian ancestry will be the subject of a segment on NPR's Talk of the Nation this afternoon.

The show will feature author David Treuer (Ojibwe) and freelance journalist Mary Annette Pember (Ojibwe). They will discuss the issue in light of the Indian ancestry claims of Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.

The show airs at 3pm, Eastern Time, and the audience is invited to call in at 1-800-989-8255. The full description of the segment, from Facebook follows:
Proving You're A Native American
Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren continues to face criticism over undocumented claims that she made for several years that she was Native American. Warren acknowledged that she told officials at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania that she was of Cherokee and Delaware Indian heritage, but she insists that played no role in her hiring. Many people claim Native American ancestry. In some cases, they're adopting an identity, or a culture. Others hope to return to their tribe. The reasons vary, and so do the requirements to prove ancestry. Host Neal Conan talks with author David Treuer and freelance journalist Mary Annette Pember about why people claim they are Native American and how organizations and individuals prove or disprove the claims.

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