SIOUX CITY, Iowa – “Like anyone who’s being honest with themselves, I know that I have made mistakes...I am sorry for harm I have caused. I have listened and I have learned a lot, and I am grateful for the many conversations that we’ve had together.”
Those words, spoken by presidential candidate and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, came after receiving a standing ovation at a forum for Native Americans in Sioux City, Iowa.
She continued, “It is a great honor to be able to partner with Indian Country, and that’s what I’ve tried to do as a senator, and that’s what I promise I will do as president of the United States of America.”
As Warren has risen in the polls in recent months, one thing that loomed over her candidacy was her tenuous claims of Native American heritage. She had spoken about it for years, and after Trump began attacking her claims, she decided to release a DNA test. It showed that she did have Native American ancestors, but as far back as 10 generations. It was this which prompted some Native American leaders to criticize her claims. Even if this is accurate, Warren's family haven't actively identified as Native American for hundreds of years.
In February, Warren (after initially standing by her DNA test) apologized to Cherokee Nation (of Oklahoma). Now, as her poll numbers rise, she aims to move past her mistake and explain her vision of what the future needs to be.
“As a nation, we are failing in our legal, political and moral obligations toward tribal governments and indigenous peoples,” Ms. Warren wrote in a Medium post. “That this failure is simply the latest chapter in generations of prior failures is no excuse.”
As always, though, it seems her policy proposals are paving the way for her to launch a successful bid to become the Democratic nominee in the 2020 presidential race. She was met with a standing ovation, partly due to her recent policy proposal for aid to Native Americans across the country.
In a political landscape full of lofty plans with no details, maybe boring, well-thought-out policy might just be Warren's ticket to the top. She's got a plan for everything.
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