Politics Elizabeth Warren apologizes for calling herself Native American
Warren apologizes to Cherokee Nation for DNA test
The Cherokee Nation said that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) apologized during a private meeting for taking a DNA test to prove her Native American ancestry. (Reuters)
By Annie Linskey and Amy Gardner
February 5 at 6:59 PM Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Tuesday that she was sorry that she identified herself as a Native American for almost two decades, reflecting her ongoing struggle to quiet a controversy that continues to haunt her as she prepares to formally announce a presidential bid. Her comments more fully explain the regret she expressed last week to the chief of the Cherokee Nation, the first time she’s said she was sorry for claiming American Indian heritage.
The private apology was earlier reported as focusing more narrowly on a DNA test she took to demonstrate her purported heritage, a move that prompted a ferocious backlash even from many allies. Warren will be vying to lead a party that has become far more mindful of nonwhite voters and their objections to misuse of their culture.
“I can’t go back,” Warren said in an interview with The Washington Post. “But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted.”