U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, just days away from launching an expected run for president, was hit with a stunning setback when The Washington Post reported she listed herself as “American Indian” on a Texas state bar application.
The Post wrote that Warren’s registration card for the State Bar of Texas from April 11 of 1986 is the first document showing she identified as a Native American.
That card, the Post added, was filled out in blue ink and was in her own handwriting. “Her office didn’t dispute its authenticity,” the Post story added, and she signed the card.
A call to a Warren campaign spokeswoman Tuesday night was not returned.
The latest revelation comes as Warren is expected to announce her run for president in 2020 as a Democrat on Saturday in Lawrence.
It also comes a week after Warren apologized to the Cherokee Nation for taking a DNA test to double down on her family lore of Native American tribal blood in the family’s roots.
The Cherokee Nation Friday released a statement saying the Bay State senior senator reached out to the tribe’s chief.
“Senator Warren has reached out to us and has apologized to the tribe,” Cherokee Nation’s Executive Director of Communications Julie Hubbard said in the statement to an Oklahoma TV station. “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. 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 confirmed to the Herald that Warren made the apology to Bill John Baker, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. Warren called Baker Thursday by telephone.
The Cherokee Nation had criticized Warren right after her DNA test in October, saying the test was “useless.”
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in his statement back in October that the test does not “determine tribal citizenship.”
“Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America,” Hoskin said. “Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation.”
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