Herschel Walker claims without evidence to have Native American heritage: report

Herschel Walker claims without evidence to have Native American heritage: report
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Republican United States Senate candidate Herschel Walker of Georgia has made multiple claims that he has Cherokee blood. But according to The Huffington Post, no evidence exists to substantiate Walker's tales.

“My mom just told me that my mom, grandmother, was full-blood Cherokee. So I’m Native American!” Walker declared on September 28th at an event in Forsythe.

“I’m a super mutt,” he continued. “I don’t know what I am, but this was so funny. This was so funny. I said, ‘Mom, why you never said anything to us?’ She said, ‘Back in my days, a lot of the Native Americans were treated worse than Blacks.’”

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There were at least three additional instances of Walker touting his supposed Native American heritage that HuffPost identified in its Wednesday report, although "his September claim went the furthest. He said his mother had just told him his grandmother was full-blooded Cherokee," the outlet noted.

HuffPost attempted to track down the source of what Walker has been insisting. But the investigation conducted by correspondent Jennifer Bendery came up empty.

"HuffPost reached out to all three of the federally recognized Cherokee tribes in the U.S. ― Cherokee Nation, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians ― to see if they had any records that could validate Walker’s claims of ancestry in their tribes. Two did not respond. But a spokesperson for Cherokee Nation, the largest tribal government in the U.S. with more than 360,000 citizens, said it has no record of Walker in its database of citizens," it found.

“There is no one listed in Cherokee Nation’s Registration database with that name and birthdate,” a Cherokee spokesperson told HuffPost.

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The publication also asked Walker's mother Christine how her son came to believe that he was part Cherokee.

“She was kin to Cherokee,” she said of Walker's grandmother. “Back when I was a little child running around, she was kin to the Cherokee.” Ms. Walker was unable to provide a more detailed history.

“I don’t know how far back" the story goes, she said. “See, my grandmother, she passed when I was quite young. I don’t know too much about how she was connected.”

Meanwhile, Walker's bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock continues to be plagued by allegations that he paid for an ex-girlfriend to have an abortion in 2009. The same woman, whose identity has not been publicly disclosed, revealed that Walker is the father of her child.

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