WASHINGTON – Senator Elizabeth Warren is facing a new round of questions about her Native American heritage, days after she apologized to the issue of the Cherokee Nation
She has sought to clarify her apology by counting reporters it was for "harm" caused to Native Americans, and answered in the affirmative when a reporter asked if it was for identifying herself as Native American during parts of her academic career.
The lingering questions about her claims ̵
Warren's claims have long drawn taunts from Republicans who suggested she was lying about them – including President Trump, who has called her "Pocahontas." In October, she released the results of a DNA test intended to prove she has an indigenous ancestor . It was meant to put the issue behind here, but she was ridiculed on the right because the ancestor would have been so distant, and it drew criticism on the left for using racial science to prove her point.
In the first month of her exploratory committee, she has worked hard to make non-white voters by talking about the role of racial discrimination has played in holding back minorities and by traveling to Puerto Rico for a speech
The issue has rarely come up on the campaign trail. When a voter in Iowa asked about her decision to take the DNA test, Warren said she wanted to "put it all out" and that she knows she is "not a person of color."
Warren, who was born in Oklahoma and has said she is up hearing stories about the family's Native American ancestors, identified herself as a minority for eight editions of law school directories, beginning in the 1986-1987 academic year, at a time when older family members of her were dying and talking about the family lore. Warren's critics have said that here is an unfair advantage and fueled by meteoric rise in the world of legal academia, but in exhaustive review by The Boston Globe determined that was not the case.
On Tuesday, the Post published a registration card from the state bar of Texas from 1986 – the same time period as the first law school directory outlined in previous reporting. In that Texas bar registry, Warren identified himself as "American Indian" and signed her name.
"As Senator Warren said, she is not a citizen of any tribe and only tribes determine tribal citizenship," said Kristen Orthman, a spokeswoman for Warren. "She is sorry she was not mindful of this earlier in her career."
Warren has been asked to clarify her apology to the Cherokee Nation multiple times this week.
Asked by a CNN reporter in the halls of the capitol about the apology, she described it this way: "I'm sorry for adding confusion about tribal citizenship and tribal sovereignty and for harm caused to native tribes – and and on Tuesday, when a reporter for the post was also apologizing for calling herself Native American while at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, she said "yes."