Warren Listed as 'American Indian' on Texas Bar Card


But first she has to explain her past.

Elizabeth Warren in an interview said she was sorry for claiming American Indian heritage. Days after apologizing to the Cherokee Nation for a DNA test that revealed a small percentage of Native American heritage, The Washington Post reported another instance in which Warren claimed an American Indian background. Warren didn't rule out the possibility of other documents in which she identified as a Native American. "It isn't a fatal wound, but certainly put her at a disadvantage in a crowded field".

Cherokee Nation executive director of communications Julie Hubbard said in a statement last week that Warren had apologized to the tribe.

Responding to the accusation that Warren's ethnicity factored into her rise in the legal world, an aide pointed to an exhaustive Boston Globe investigation published previous year.

After Warren criticized Trump ahead of his 2016 campaign, he nicknamed her "Pocahontas", despite criticism he was being racially insensitive.

Still, Warren has sometimes compounded the problem.

The Washington Post obtained a form that Warren filled out in April 1986 for a legal license in Texas which showed that the Democrat signed the form and, in her own handwriting, wrote that she was "American Indian". Instead, it drew quick criticism from some Native Americans, including a Cherokee Nation official, as insensitive and fumbling.

Last week, Warren apologized to the Cherokee Nation for taking a DNA test in an attempt to prove her ancestry claims, and on Tuesday, she again more broadly apologized for identifying as Native American "for nearly two decades", according to The Post.

"I can't go back", Warren was quoted as telling The Post Tuesday.

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"Family stories are not the same as tribal citizenship", Warren said Wednesday, "and this is why I have apologized.to Chief Baker, who was very gracious about it". "But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted", she told the Post. "It's an important distinction". "She is going to need to address it, deal with it". And, she now admits, there may be other such documents out there. "And I hope people will look at that, too".

The Republican National Committee asked the Texas state Bar to take disciplinary action against Sen. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, for example, has disavowed her previously right-leaning approaches to immigration and guns.

"That last question is the most appropriate one", Smith said.

Nonwhite voters have a significant voice in the Democratic primaries. "I never used it to advance my career".

Despite the recent controversy, a September 2018 Boston Globe investigation found that any claim to Native American history did not factor into Harvard University's decision to hire Warren as a law professor. But not every tribal citizen is assuaged.

While the DNA tests may be accurate, it is the tribal nation that determines your identity and Warren repeats that here again in this video. But Douglas now sees the Texas document as a detriment.

"As Senator Warren has said, she is not a citizen of any tribe and only tribes determine tribal citizenship", said Kristen Orthman, a spokeswoman for Warren.

There's no indication that Warren had anything to gain by reporting herself as Native American on the Texas bar card.