“We are encouraged by her action and hope that the slurs and mockery of tribal citizens and Indian history and heritage will now come to an end…”
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, apologized Thursday to the Cherokee Nation for suggesting that a DNA test alone could prove her Native-American ancestry, Fox News reported.
“Senator Warren has reached out to us and has apologized to the tribe. We are encouraged by this dialogue and understanding that being a Cherokee Nation tribal citizen is rooted in centuries of culture and laws, not through DNA tests,” Cherokee Nation spokeswoman Julie Hubbard said in a statement.
Warren made the formal apology while she attempts to reposition herself as a serious contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination among a growing list of candidates.
Warren took the test in October 2018 and, despite flak from both sides of the aisle, refused to apologize until February.
Democratic consultant Scott Ferson said Warren may have made a mistake by reopening this old wound that angered Native Americans and her supporters, the Boston Herald reported.
Although Ferson said the apology could work, if the parties she offended are willing to accept it and move forward.
“We are encouraged by her action and hope that the slurs and mockery of tribal citizens and Indian history and heritage will now come to an end,” Hubbard said.
Warren’s decision to issue the apology came the same day she tweeted, “BIG announcement about my 2020 plans.”
She will make the announcement—most likely that she is launching her presidential campaign—on Feb. 9.
Warren lied on job applications in the 80s and 90s, listing herself as a “minority” and claiming “Native American heritage.”
She has put all this information, which reveals that she has lied continuously for decades, online.
“My decision was I’m just going to put it all out there,” Warren said. “All my hiring records. Including the DNA test. It’s out there. It’s online. Anybody can look at it.”
Warren also used the bogus claim to lift her to a 2012 victory in the Senate race against Republican Scott Brown.
“I am not a person of color,” she admitted. “I am not a citizen of a tribe.”