Elizabeth Warren to Native Americans: ‘I have made mistakes’: Many moons pantsuit squaw speak with forked tongue
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a 2020 White House hopeful, acknowledged the controversy over her claim of Native American heritage, saying she has made “mistakes.” “Like anyone who’s been honest with themselves, I know that I have made mistakes,” Warren told attendees at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa.
Warren was the second speaker out of a slew of fellow 2020 candidates slated to speak at the forum over the next two days. She told the crowd she has “listened” and “learned a lot” and offered another apology for her past “mistakes,” which involved listing herself as a minority in the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) deskbook for more than a decade. She also listed herself as a Native American on her Texas Bar registration card.
President Trump catapulted the issue into the headlines last year by labeling her “Pocahontas,” eventually goading her into taking a DNA test which showed she was less than 1% Native American.
“Before I go any further in this I want to say this — like anyone who’s been honest with themselves I know I’ve made mistakes. I’m sorry for any harm I’ve caused,” Warren told the audience. “I have learned a lot and I am grateful for the many conversations that we’ve had together. It is a great honor to be able to partner with Indian country and that’s what I’ve tried to do as a senator, and that is what I promise to do as President of the United States of America.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren at Native American forum: "I know that I have made mistakes. I am sorry for harm I have caused. I have listened, and I have learned a lot."
"It is a great honor to be able to partner with Indian country…that's what I promise I will do as president." pic.twitter.com/Z0IhlvQnQK
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“I am sorry for harm I have caused. I have listened and I have learned a lot, and I am grateful for the many conversations we have had together,” she added.
Warren faced backlash late last year when she released results of a test that demonstrated she was between 1/64 and 1/1028 Native American. She has since apologized repeatedly for the confusion caused when she identified herself as a Native American.
Warren last Friday released an in-depth plan on aimed at aiding Native American communities by addressing the economy, infrastructure and epidemic of missing and murdered native women on tribal lands.
The intended legislation was drafted with Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress last year.
Warren has failed to offer a consistent explanation for her previous claims to Native American heritage.
“I listed myself directory [sic] in the hopes that might mean that I would be invited to a luncheon a group something with people who are like I am. Nothing like that ever happened. That was absolutely not the use for it and so I stopped checking it off,” Warren told reporters in 2012 during her battle with former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown.
“Being Native American is part of who our family is and I’m glad to tell anyone about that. I am just very proud of it,” Warren said around the same time.
She has attributed her claims to Native American heritage to her grandfather’s “high cheekbones” and has said, “Being Native American has been part of my story, I guess, since the day I was born.”
Warren’s claims fell apart last year after a DNA test revealed she had between 1/64th to 1/1,024 Native American ancestry. However, she did not appear to have connections to tribal nations in America, with her results stemming from “residents of Colombia, Mexico, and Peru,” as Breitbart News reported:
The results of that analysis, published on October 16, showed Warren may have a common ancestor who lived approximately six to 10 generations ago with residents of Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. These results mean that at the very least, Warren shares 1/1024 common DNA with residents of Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. At the very most, she shares 1/64 common DNA with residents of Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.
“I understand that she apologized for causing confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and the harm that has resulted,” Cherokee Nation spokeswoman Julie Hubbard said.
“The chief and secretary of state appreciate that she has reaffirmed that she is not a Cherokee Nation citizen or a citizen of any tribal nation,” she added.
Despite that, Warren has still faced questions on the campaign trail. During a “Conversation with the Candidate” event last month, an attendee asked Warren how she will “overcome the bridge with voters” who question her original decision to claim Native American heritage in years past.
“Like most people, my brothers and I learned about who we are from our mom and our dad. My family’s very important to me, and based on that, sometimes, decades ago, I identified that way,” Warren said, arguing that her false claims did not have “anything to do” with her academic career.
“Even so, I shouldn’t have done it. I am not a person of color. I am not a citizen of a tribe, and I’ve apologized for any confusion over tribal sovereignty, tribal citizenship, and any harm caused by that,” she added.
Some say, however, that Warren must admit that she deliberately lied to get ahead.