Senator Elizabeth Warren is avoiding questions about the existence of more documents where she may have claimed Native American heritage.
As IJR previously reported, Warren came under fire for claiming her race as Native American on the Texas state bar registration when it was only a distant part of her ancestry. Warren then attempted to do damage control and apologized for attempting to prove her heritage by taking a DNA test.
“I can’t go back,” Warren said to The Washington Post. “But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted.”
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
During comments to reporters on Wednesday, Warren again apologized for the confusion her claims may have caused.
“[I am sorry] about [declaring] tribal citizenship and tribal sovereignty and for harm caused,” Warren said. “I am also sorry for not being more mindful of this decades ago. Tribes and only tribes determine tribal citizenship.”
Yet when asked if there were more documents like the one recently released, Warren did not directly answer the question.
“This is who I grew up believing, with my brothers. This is our family story. And it’s all consistent from that point in time,” she said.
When asked a second time, she failed the clarify.
“All I know is during this time period, this is consistent with what I did,” Warren said. “Because it was based on my understanding from my family stories. But family stories are not the same as tribal citizenship. And this is why I have apologized.”
This lack of a definite answer may point to the possibility that this is not the only example of Warren claiming Native American heritage before having any proof.