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Alberta Premier Danielle Smith says she has Cherokee roots, but the records don’t back that up – APTN News

Nov 16, 2022

Smith alleges her ‘great-great-grandmother’ was Cherokee

With her Wild Rose Party under attack for allegations of racism and bigotry towards the LGBTQ community, Danielle Smith held a press conference back in April 2012 to say that not only was she sensitive to these issues – she had been personally affected by them.

“As a person of mixed-race ancestry I take it personally when accusations of racism and bigotry was [sic] aimed at me and my party,” Smith is reported saying in an Edmonton Journal article at the time.

A month later, Danielle Smith expanded on her comment about her “mixed-race ancestry” in the Alberta legislature where she told a story about her Cherokee roots.

“My great-great-grandmother was Mary Crow[e]. She was a member of the Cherokee Nation that had been forcibly relocated to Kansas from the southeastern United States in the 1830s by the U.S. government, a terrible stain on the history of America known as the Trail of Tears,” Smith said according to the legislative records.

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