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Native American to Warren: Please Just Apologize for Heritage Claim

The Massachusetts senator addressed the controversial issue this week, but she stopped short of apologizing. That’s not sitting well with some.

By NTK Staff | 02.16.2018 @12:00pm
Native American to Warren: Please Just Apologize for Heritage Claim

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) made a surprise visit to the National Congress of American Indians this week, where she delivered remarks and addressed President Trump’s derisive “Pocahontas” nickname.

But one thing she didn’t do was apologize for falsely claiming Native American heritage:

She did not apologize for her claims that her mother’s family had Cherokee blood – instead, reaffirming: “My mother’s family was part Native American. And my daddy’s parents were bitterly opposed to their relationship. So, in 1932, when Mother was 19 and Daddy had just turned 20, they eloped.”

That, coupled with a nonexistent record of helping Native Americans in the Senate, is not sitting well with some Native Americans.

Though she was willing to call Warren’s remarks “a step in the right direction,” Rebecca Nagle, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, said she wished Warren would admit what she did was wrong.

Nagle would, however, encourage Warren to simply withdraw her claim of being of Native heritage. “I think that’s an area where she has more steps to take,” she said. “I think [her remarks were] a step in the right direction, and it almost seems like she is saving the hardest part for last, which was admitting that she was wrong….I actually think there’s a lot of opportunity for Warren to be a public example of that. I would totally have nothing but respect for her if she was able to publicly come out and say, ‘I was told these stories as a child, I grew up with them, I believed them most of my life, but I’ve learned more, not only about Native identity, but also my family, and have learned that they’re not based in reality. And that I can’t claim these things.’ I would have a lot of respect for her. And I have a little bit of hope that that might happen.”

Nagle previously penned an op-ed for the liberal site ThinkProgress in which she castigated Warren for claiming in any way to be similar to the Cherokee people. “Sen. Warren needs to accept responsibility for misappropriating Native identity for her own economic and political gain,” Nagle wrote. “Elizabeth Warren does not speak for me.”

Warren is likely eager to address this controversy and put it behind her. But by stopping short of a full-throated apology, she’s ensured the people most affected by this controversy remain dissatisfied.

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