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Warren Grovels to Native American Group: ‘I Have Made Mistakes’

2020 candidate attempts to smooth over past on campaign trail

 on 20th August 2019 @ 9.00pm
warren faced a massive backlash for months after she falsely claimed native american heritage © press
Warren faced a massive backlash for months after she falsely claimed Native American heritage

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren apologized for the “harm” she caused when she infamously claimed Native American heritage through a false DNA test at Monday campaign stop in Iowa, Massachusetts.

Addressing the crowd at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum, Warren admitted she made "mistakes."

“I know that I have made mistakes,” Warren said, according to The Hill.

“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,” Warren continued.

Warren faced a massive backlash for months after she falsely claimed Native American heritage based on false records.

cherokee nation secretary of state chuck hoskin jr  said warren s claims to the cherokee nation was wrong © press
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said Warren's claims to the Cherokee Nation was wrong.

In 1993, Warren accepted a professorship at Harvard Law School, the school’s news director, Mike Chmura, referred to her as a “Native American” professor and the school’s “first woman of color.”

Warren claimed Cherokee descent in the years following, but it wasn't until she ran for Senate in 2012 that her claims began to be disputed. 

She was nicknamed “Pocahontas" by President Donald Trump following the DNA analysis in October in an attempt to vindicate herself.

According to the analysis, there was “strong evidence” Warren has Native American ancestry from 6 to 10 generations ago - which inspired more controversy.

Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said Warren's claims to the Cherokee Nation was wrong.

“Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong,” Chuck Hoskin said.

warren addressed the crowd at the frank lamere native american presidential forum © press
warren addressed the crowd at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum

Warren then clarified the results of the DNA test on Twitter, saying her “DNA & family history has nothing to do with tribal affiliation or citizenship, which is determined only – only – by Tribal Nations.”

In January, Warren addressed supporters in Sioux City on her tour of Iowa but was faced with questions he first questions about her fake Native American lineage.

In February, she issued an apology to Cherokees for her DNA test that revealed she was just 1/1024th Native American.

Warren's apology was acknowledged by the Cherokee Nation on Thursday, according to Tulsa World.

But the embarrassment has refused to leave her she continues to face ridicule that threatens her presidential run.

“We are encouraged by this dialogue and understanding that being a Cherokee Nation tribal citizen is rooted in centuries of culture and laws, not through DNA tests,” Julie Hubbard, Cherokee executive director of communications, told Tulsa World.

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