Cultural Appropriation and Fraud? Elizabeth Warren Identified Herself As 'American Indian' On Texas Bar Registration
The card, filled out in blue ink and dated April 1986, is the first reported document to show Warren declaring herself American Indian in her own handwriting. Her office did not dispute its authenticity, according to the Post.
Warren, a potential 2020 presidential hopeful, has come under fire in recent years over her claims of Native American ancestry. Following mockery from President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers, Warren released the results of a DNA test in October that showed the “vast majority” of her ancestry is European but that she had a distant relative who is Native American.
Her decision to release the DNA test results prompted backlash from Republicans and Democrats, as well as the Cherokee Nation, which called the test “inappropriate and wrong.”
“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in a statement. “Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America.”
Warren last week personally apologized to the Cherokee Nation for the DNA test debacle. In an interview with the Post published Tuesday, she said she’s sorry for identifying herself as Native American for nearly two decades.
The apology, she told the Post, included regret for having called herself Native American during her tenure at the University of Pennsylvania and at Harvard University, and having labeled herself as a minority in the Association of American Law Schools directory. Despite her history of self-identifying as Native American, Warren has maintained that she “never used” the ancestry claim to advance her career.
“I can’t go back,” she said. “But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted.”
Warren told the Post that her conversation last week with Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker included a broader apology for having called herself Native American.
“I told him I was sorry for furthering confusion about tribal citizenship,” Warren said. “I am also sorry for not being more mindful about this decades ago. We had a good conversation.”
Neither the Cherokee Nation nor Warren’s office immediately responded to HuffPost’s requests for comment.
Head over to The Washington Post to view the State Bar of Texas registration card.