Appearing in Sioux City, Iowa before a forum for Native Americans on Monday, 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) offered a public apology for her longstanding claims to be a member of the Indian community.
“Like anyone who has been honest with themselves, I know I have made mistakes,” said Warren. “I am sorry for the harm I have caused.”
Records show that the Massachusetts senator spent more than three decades claiming tribal membership based on nothing more substantial than stories she was supposedly told by her family back in Oklahoma. Documents from her enrollment and employment at several universities and law firms prove that she attempted to use her “Native American heritage” for unearned minority status. And while there’s little evidence that this claim actually helped further her career, we don’t prosecute people for the success of their crimes – we prosecute based on intent. It’s clear that Warren had the intent of using her non-existent heritage to get a leg up on the competition.
She did not come by her awakening honestly. As recently as last year, with a presidential run already in her sights, Warren decided it was time to fight back against President Trump, who was regularly mocking her as “Pocahontas.” Instead of copping to the fact that she was making a baseless claim to Indian heritage, Warren decided to hire a DNA analyst who would “prove” that she was, indeed, what she said she was: A modern-day Native American princess.
It did not go well. Subsequent reports showed that Warren’s results – which were touted in the original news articles as evidence that the Massachusetts senator was part Native – made her somewhere between 1/64 and 1/1024 parts Indian. At the low end of the spectrum, her Native blood wouldn’t be worth a free beer at the nearest reservation. At the high end, she actually has less Native ancestry than the average American.
But even before that embarrassing analysis came back, tribal leaders were quick to note that DNA tests were rife with problems and that membership in the First Nations came from invitation, not a test tube. And for Warren, who has lived her life with all the privileges that come with being a white woman, that invitation is probably not in the mail.
Warren was introduced at the forum by Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), who is actually a Native American. She admonished the audience ahead of time: “Those who ask about Elizabeth’s family instead of issues of vital importance to Indian Country feed the president’s racism.”
And so this saga ends the way everything ends on the left these days: With calling Trump a racist. We expected nothing less.