Well, I am certainly glad to see (via InstaPundit) that Ward Churchill has finally admitted he’s not Indian. He says it doesn’t matter:

Churchill did address the issue of his ethnicity, admitting that he is not Native American.
“Is he an Indian? Do we really care?” he said, quoting those he called his “white Republican” critics.
“Let’s cut to the chase; I am not,” he said.
His pedigree is “not important,” Churchill said: “The issue is the substance of what is said.”

What does “substance” mean in the context of ethnic studies? Does it mean race is no longer a question of “substance” even when ethnic studies professors claim to have the same ethnicity as the ethnic identity of their department?
How refreshing!
I’d still like to know about Churchill’s claim of military service — if that still matters. (As Matt Duffy points out, some people still care about false military service claims.)