Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is doing damage control after controversy over her claiming Native American as her race.
According to a report by The Washington Post, Warren privately apologized to the Cherokee Nation for taking a DNA test in an attempt to prove she had Native American ancestry. This past fall, Warren came under fire for releasing DNA results that showed she is up to 1/1,024th Native American.
“I told him I was sorry for furthering confusion about tribal citizenship,” Warren said. “I am also sorry for not being more mindful about this decades ago. We had a good conversation.”
This apology comes after the Cherokee Nation slammed Warren for using her ancestry as a political strategy.
“I can’t go back,” Warren said. “But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted.”
The New York Times claimed that Warren was defending the DNA test as recently as this past December.
Her Texas State Bar registration was also recently released, which shows her claiming Native American heritage.
Here is the form Elizabeth Warren filled out for the State Bar of Texas claiming American Indian heritage. pic.twitter.com/VwHifS7BCL
— Amy Gardner (@AmyEGardner) February 6, 2019
Warren announced on New Year’s Eve that she was forming an exploratory committee to run for president in 2020. However, these apologies may be too little too late for Warren to fully redeem herself before the election.