Warren Speaks at Native American Conference, Still Insists She's Part Native American

Warren Speaks at Native American Conference, Still Insists She's Part Native American

Elizabeth Warren who was "noticeably absent" from the summit which runs from Monday through Thursday.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren addressed claims of her Native American heritage at an American Indian policy summit on Wednesday.

She went on to address the problems in the Native American community and promised that she would share their stories in Congress.

Speaking of Trump, the potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said: "Now we have a president who can't make it through a ceremony honoring Native American war heroes without reducing Native history, Native culture, Native people to the butt of a joke. The joke, I guess is supposed to be me".

"Our country's disrespect of Native people didn't start with President Trump", she said.

She also shot back at claims that she used her ancestry to get ahead in her career, as she listed herself as a "minority" in Harvard Law School's directory: "I never used my family tree to get a break or get ahead", she said.

"It's a story about discrimination and neglect - the unmet health care needs of Native children and families, the alarmingly high rate of suicide among Native teenagers, the growing opioid crisis and the broader epidemic of substance abuse that has ravaged so many Native communities", she added.

People on the left and the right have criticized her heritage claims as well, and during her 2012 campaign, a group of Cherokees called her claims "harmful and offensive". "I respect that distinction". "I never used it to advance my career".

"But my mother's family was part Native American".

"The story they lived will always be apart of me. And no one - not even the president of the United States - will ever take that part of me away".

Warren apparently changed her mind about appearing at the summit and made a surprise appearance on Wednesday, addressing allegations that she has lied about her ancestry. "As you know, Pocahontas's real journey was far more remarkable - and far darker - than the myth admits". "The fable is used to bleach away the stain of genocide".

President Trump has referred to Warren as Pocahontas at several events as well as in multiple Tweets.

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Despite her condemnation, Warren spoke at a "Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey" dinner for Connecticut Democrats in 2015.

Trump has repeatedly invoked the controversy by calling Warren "Pocahontas" - the Native American woman associated with the English colonial settlement of Jamestown, Virginia - in speeches and on Twitter.

"We have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. So, in 1932, when Mother was 19 and Daddy had just turned, 20 they eloped", Warren said during her prepared remarks.

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