REPORT: Warren issues response to letter from Native American tribes [READ THE LETTER]

FEBRUARY 26, 2020

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren responded to a group of Native American tribes that had urged her to disavow more pointedly her past claims about being of Native American descent.

The Massachusetts Democrat had for years alleged that she had Native American heritage. A DNA test she released in 2018 revealed “strong evidence” that she had a Native American ancestor six to 10 generations ago. The small percentage led to backlash from Native American groups that argued there are legal requirements for tribal citizenship.

The article goes on to state the following:

While she has since apologized on numerous occasions, members of the Cherokee Nation, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians sent a letter to the senator last week calling on her to “fully address the harm” her claims caused. The letter also cited a Los Angeles Times report on how white members of fake “tribes” have been awarded over $800 million in no-bid federal contracts set aside for minority business owners.

Warren responded:

“Thank you very much for your letter. I have worked very hard to listen to Indian Country, and that has taken the form of more than 100 calls, meetings, and events with Native activists, advocates, and tribal leaders.

“A few days ago, I had a meeting with more than a dozen tribal leaders in
Seattle. I recently had similar roundtables in California and Oklahoma with tribal leaders. These are just recent examples of my years of dialogue with Indian Country. I have learned a great deal from all of them, and it is in that spirit of learning and listening that I welcome hearing from you in the form of this letter.

“I am not a person of color; I am a white woman, and that is how I identify. In addition, I am not a tribal citizen. Tribal Nations—and only Tribal Nations—determine tribal citizenship. It’s their right as a matter of sovereignty, and they exercise that in the ways they choose to exercise it. I have said very publicly—and I will continue to say—that DNA does not determine tribal citizenship.

“This is no small point because of the long history of colonialism and violence perpetrated against Native communities, people, and identity by this country. And I understand that the confusion my actions propagated around tribal sovereignty and citizenship caused real harm to Native people and communities. I was wrong to have identified as a Native American, and, without qualification or excuse, I apologize for the harm I caused.”

Warren’s letter concluded”

“As I said, I believe in accountability, but accountability is a methodology — not an ideology. It means little to believe in it if we do not practice it, so I am grateful for your willingness to hold me accountable and for the opportunity to have had this courageous conversation. I know this kind of engagement only happens with people you expect more from, and I am grateful to be one of those people. Please continue to expect more from me, and I will continue to dedicate myself to living up to it.”

Here is the letter from the tribes:

Here is Warren’s response:

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