2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) admitted that she made “mistakes” regarding the handling of her past claims of being Native American and apologized.
While speaking at the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa, Warren — one of the top contenders for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination — said that she was “sorry” for any “harm” she had “caused” and acknowledged that she had “made mistakes.”
She continued on to say that she was honored to be a “partner with Indian country.”
“Like anyone who has been honest with themselves, I know that I have made mistakes. 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 that we’ve had together. It is a great honor to partner with Indian country.”
The stop came the week after Warren released her plan to empower Native American communities should she win the Oval Office.
Since her apology, Warren’s team has scrubbed her campaign website of the parts the claim was on.
The Massachusetts senator — often mocked by President Donald Trump as “Pocahontas” — was dogged for years by her assertations that she was of Native American ancestry.
She had claimed to be a member of the Cherokee Nation based on “family lore” she was told growing up.
Last year, in an effort to prove that she was Native American, Warren took a DNA test and released the results in a statement, which found that her DNA was between 1/32nd and 1/1024th Native American.
The results were not well-received, with the Cherokee Nation eviscerating Warren over the test.
“Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage,” said the group in a statement.
The Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin, Jr., torched Warren at the time, saying that the employment of DNA tests to prove “any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation” was “inappropriate and 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,” said Hoskin. “It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven.”