A Harvard law graduate and citizen of the Choctaw Nation says he personally invited Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) three times to meet with the university’s Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) and she turned him down every time.
"I was on campus at Harvard for five years, from 1998 to 2003," Dr. Gavin Clarkson said. "Warren was identified in the AALS law teacher directory as an American Indian faculty member."
Clarkson described how he would approach Warren for the invites:
"Hi, we're the Native American students on campus and it would be nice to meet the only Native American professor on the faculty.”
"I personally invited Elizabeth Warren, face to face, three separate times," Clarkson said. "I did it at least once per year for three straight years. She basically dismissed me all three times."
Clarkson assumed that Warren, with claims of Cherokee heritage, would jump at the chance to reach out to the Native American community and try and get more of them to apply to Harvard. He said:
"We were constantly concerned about the fact that Harvard was doing a terrible job relative to peer institutions at recruiting American Indian students, despite the fact that Harvard was founded in its original charter to educate American Indians.
"Part of it was they weren't putting in the effort to go out and recruit American Indian students, but usually if you have an American Indian on the faculty, that faculty member takes the lead on going out to Indian country and recruiting students. I don't know that Warren in the five years I was at Harvard ever stepped foot on a reservation."
Though Clarkson wanted Warren to be more involved in Native American affairs at Harvard — after all, she had a “reputation on campus… as the only Native American member of the faculty” — he witnessed other, non-Native American professors taking the lead on their behalf.
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