CAUGHT: Another White Lady Pretending To Be Indian

( – A professor at the University of California – Berkley has admitted that she has been pretending to be a Native American while she is white.

The pretend Native American, Elizabeth Hoover, issued an official apology but did not mention resigning her job, The College Fix reported.

Hoover, who declared she “incorrectly identified as Native [her] whole life, is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management.

According to her official university profile, her research focuses on “Native American food systems, food sovereignty, Native American environmental health movements, heirloom seeds, Indigenous use of fire, Native American museum curation, community based participatory research, environmental justice, food justice.”

In her apology, Hoover said that she had been dismissing doubts of her alleged Mohawk and Mi’kmaq heritage as “petty jealousy” or “interference,” but she now realized she should have done “proper research for the correct documentation” to prove her ethnic background.

“I have brought hurt, harm, and broken trust to the Native community at large, and to specific Native communities I have worked with and lived alongside, and for that, I am deeply sorry,” the UC Berkeley professor wrote.

She added that she would donate money from her books and lectures as penance to “Native farm, food sovereignty, and educational programs.” Also, she vowed to commit to the “restorative justice process” at UC Berkeley.

“[I] will gear future research towards supporting people and communities with whom I have an authentic relationship and will accept spaces where communities ask [her] to step back,” Hoover declared.

A report by San Jose-based Mercury News points out that “the one thing Hoover will not do is resign her position,” even though her revelation about being white has motivated 360 people to demand her resignation.

The movement for her ouster is led by the three Native American Ph.D. students at Berkeley, Ataya Cesspooch, Sierra Edd, and Breylan Martin.

They declared Hoover’s apology aimed to garner “pity” while obscuring her frequent “misconduct.”

The critics also stressed she had received tens of thousands of dollars in fellowships throughout her career, based mainly on her fake Native American heritage.

In their statement, the three Native American doctoral candidates noted Hoover shifted her blame for failing to investigate her background to her family.

According to Desi Small-Rodriguez, an assistant professor in UCLA’s Sociology Department and a member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe, it “makes no sense that” Hoover “waited for so long to verify a Native identity.”

“It’s possible that Hoover took away jobs, fellowships, or grants that could have gone to authentic people of color,” commented Columbia University’s Audra Simpson, an anthropology professor of Mohawk descent.

In 2021, Hoover was quoted in a UC Berkeley press release praising diversity cluster hiring “as a way to address equity and justice.”

“You won’t be an island, because of the topic you teach and/or the demographic you represent,” Hoover said back then about hiring “clusters.”