In a blog entry for The Hill, a writer named Bernie Quigley offers up an excuse for Elizabeth Warren's claims of Indian heritage that can only be described as awe-inspiring. For the worst reasons imaginable:
"Indians come to us as dream guides, spirit guides and, like Sacagawea, actual guides to our most important journeys at once physical and metaphysical. Those who have made these journeys tend to honor them. ...
So Warren's claim to be 'part Indian' is correct in mythical terms. Every old-school white Oklahoman is in this regard even if this in nominally not true. But it is not a lie to want to be Indian and to imagine your ancestors were. It is to be free of Europeanism."
Not only is faking Indianism "correct in mythical terms" but it's actually patriotic, Quigley says: "I hope Elizabeth Warren doesn't back down on this, because wanting to be Indian, like Hawkeye, makes us in a deeper sense fully American."
Like any real Indian -- the ones in the "Peter Pan" book -- would say, "HOW [the hell]?!"