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Elizabeth Warren Addresses Heritage Claims, Blasts Trump For Andrew Jackson Portrait

Elizabeth Warren Addresses Heritage Claims, Blasts Trump For Andrew Jackson Portrait

She addressed more than 500 tribal delegates there.

"I'm here today to make a promise", Warren said.

"I understand that tribal membership is determined by tribes - and only by tribes", she said.

"And no one - not even the President of the United States - will ever take that part of me away", she said.

"I get why some people think there's hay to be made here", Warren said Wednesday.

And let's be clear, Warren's "surprise" speech yesterday to the National Congress of American Indians - perhaps the most carefully-coordinated surprise in history - did little to clear any of that up.

"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", Warren said Wednesday. "Warren has maintained since 2012 that this is an issue of family lore".

Elizabeth Warren's fans want her to be the anti-Hillary. During her 2012 Senate campaign, critics pointed to Warren being listed as a minority professor in the 1990s.

Warren in her remarks also chastised federal lawmakers for letting "their Big Oil buddies pad their profits by encroaching on your land and fouling your rivers and streams", although she stopped short of pointing the finger at Republicans.




However, that does not mean the Democrat has been lying about her heritage, as she has never claimed majority Cherokee ancestry and previously explained she learned about her ancestry through her mother.

Some media outlets have described Warren's speech as "striking" and "bold".

In her speech, Warren continued to make the false claim of Native American ancestry she first made in 1984 when she described herself as "Elizabeth Warren, Cherokee" in several recipes, two of which-"Cold Omelets with Crab Meat" and "Crab with Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing"- were apparently plagiarized from a 1979 article "written by Pierre Franey of the the New York Times News Service" which she contributed to the cookbook, Pow Wow Chow: A Collection of Recipes from Families of the Five Civilized Tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek & Seminole. In fact, one of her ancestors was Jonathan Crawford, a member of the Tennessee militia who rounded up Cherokees during the infamous Andrew Jackson-ordered Trail of Tears.

The Boston Globe, for example, said Warren was "defending her claims of Native American heritage more expansively than she has before". "Her words today of caring don't seem to match her actions of the past". "I never used it to advance my career".

"I've noticed that every time my name comes up, President Trump likes to talk about Pocahontas", Warren said.

"It doesn't excuse her for wrongfully claiming a minority appointment".

Scott Brown (D-Mass.) accused his Dem challenger of wrongly claiming Native American heritage to get ahead; Warren countered that she'd heard family stories of Cherokee and DE heritage. Readers and listeners can interpret that as they may.

Some listeners may take that to mean that Sen.

The NCAI summarized its response to Warren's address in a statement on their website: "In addressing NCAI, Sen".


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