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Elizabeth Warren’s Native Claim

Elizabeth Warren recently released the results of her DNA test, and they indicate that she may have Native American ancestry. Assuming that these results are accurate, analyzing Senator Warren’s claims to indigenous heritage is complicated at best. There is little doubt that many white Americans whose ancestors have lived on the American continent for more than four hundred years have some biological claim to indigeneity, and recognizing such heritage is not at all problematic. Continue reading Elizabeth Warren’s Native Claim

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They Found Offense

On Monday, June 19, 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court rolled back a long-standing Patent and Trademark Office regulation that prohibits disparaging trademarks. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of The Slants, a band whose name disparages Chinese and Asian people.  The ruling will affect the status of the Washington Redskins, whose trademark was revoked in 2014 for disparaging Native Americans.

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