Elizabeth Warren Identified Herself As 'American Indian' On Texas Bar Registration

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren

Asked why she listed herself as "American Indian" on the form, to begin with, Warren explained "this is our family story" and did not rule out that there may be other similar documents.

Annie Linskey covers the 2020 presidential campaign for The Post. This past fall Warren tried to double down and prove her ancestry with DNA results. Since the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly invoked "Pocahontas" as a racial slur against her.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) walks to a meeting on Capitol Hill, Nov. 14, 2018. Her office did not dispute its authenticity, according to the Post.

Her Texas State Bar registration was also recently released, which shows her claiming Native American heritage. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. lambasted Warren in an op-ed for the Tulsa World. She admitted she does not have tribal citizenship and apologized for it.

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"This was about thirty years ago and I am not a tribal citizen".

"I can't go back", she said. "But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted", Warren told The Post. She left blank lines for "National Origin" and "Physical handicap" and signed the document.

The controversy appears to be hard for the senator to put behind her. CNN reported Warren's apology on Monday, but that apology appeared to focus more on her decision to take the DNA test. But this sparked a ferocious criticism from Native Americans about whether she was attempting to circumvent the tribal citizenship process. "She is sorry that she was not more mindful of this earlier in her career", said Kristen Orthman, a spokeswoman for Warren, in a statement. "But she usually fails to mention her own vast wealth", she wrote, pointing out that Warren and her husband are worth as much as $11 million. Warren's critics have said that gave her an unfair advantage and fueled her meteoric rise in the world of legal academia, but an exhaustive review by The Boston Globe determined that wasn't the case.

David Cornsilk, a member of the Cherokee Nation and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, pointed out that Warren had identified as a minority in professional settings beyond the Texas state bar.

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