Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she has “awakened” and is now in touch with her “indigenous ancestry.” This metamorphosis came after interaction with fellow protestors at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
AOC responded to an Instagram question Saturday about the Taino people. This group is indigenous to the Caribbean and were the first to come in contact with European colonizers through the voyages of Christopher Columbus.
The “awakening” came, Ocasio-Cortez explained, as she was protesting along with Lakota Sioux, Cherokee, and other Native people. She was told by the gathering that she is a “relative.”
AOC’s family emigrated to New York City from Puerto Rico. And while she admits that she and the indigenous protestors did not come from the “same exact lineage,” they have “commonality” with ancestry.
She has claimed Jewish, European, and Black ancestry in years past. In 2018, the Catholic congresswoman addressed a Hanukkah service in Queens and said her family descended from Sephardic Jews who fled the Spanish Inquisition.
Ocasio-Cortez even applied the tired claim that the U.S. “appropriated” Tiano culture without giving credit to the people of the Caribbean. Her proof? The Tiano deity “Juracan,” associated with chaos and disorder, is the root of the word hurricane.
Ocasio-Cortez further credited her time at the pipeline protest with inspiring her to run for public office.