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BY: Cameron Cawthorne
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) on Tuesday apologized for identifying herself as a Native American for nearly two decades, including a State Bar of Texas registration card that said she was an "American Indian."
Warren - Interview - Washington - Post - Confusion
"I can’t go back," Warren said during an interview with The Washington Post. "But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted."
Her apology comes amid an ongoing controversy that has lasted over a year and has been haunting her 2020 candidacy as she prepares to formally announce a presidential bid.
Addition - DNA - Results - October - Backlash
In addition to releasing her DNA results last October, stirring backlash with Native Americans and progressives, she released employment documents last summer. She also gave a speech last year discussing her reasons for why she called herself a Native American, but she didn't apologize. Warren, who is expected to announce her candidacy soon, could see additional documents surface to keep the issue alive, according to the Post.
The Post, for example, used an open records request during a general inquiry to obtain Warren’s 1986 registration card for the State Bar of Texas, which showed that she identified as an "American Indian."
Warren - Card - April - Ink - Document
Warren filled out the card in April 1986 using blue ink, making it the first document to show her claim using her own handwriting. Warren's office did not challenge the authenticity of the registration card. In addition to her apology to the Post, it was previously reported that Warren called Bill John Baker, the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, to apologize for the release of her DNA test:
Julie Hubbard, a spokeswoman for the Cherokee Nation, declined to address the scope of the conversation between Warren and the chief.
Warren - Interview - Tuesday - Apology
Warren, asked in a brief interview Tuesday if she’d intended the apology to include labeling herself as Native American when...
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