Debra Haaland, a Democrat activist and tribal administrator running in New Mexico’s first district, told Netroots Nation on Friday that if elected, she would be the “first Native American,” elected to Congress. Haaland made the comment before Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who has been accused of fabricating her Native American heritage — took the stage at the progressive political conference.“Hello Netroots Nation! My name is Deb Haaland. I’m the Democratic nominee for New Mexico’s first congressional district,” Haaland began. “If elected, I’ll be the first Native American woman In Congress. Thank-you. I’m a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna and a 35th generation New-Mexican. I’m a single mother to my beautiful queer daughter, a water protector and I’m proud to be here.” “I recognize we are on indigenous land and I approach you with respect for the tribes whose homeland we stand on now, … [Read more...] about Dem Candidate Upstages Liz Warren: ‘If Elected, I’ll Be the First Native American Woman in Congress’
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After Warren emerged as a harsh Trump critic during the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump took to calling her "Pocahontas," the name of a storied Native American woman. "She used the fact that she was Native American to advance her career. Elizabeth Warren is a total fraud. I know it. Other people who work with her know it. Elizabeth Warren is a total fraud," the president told NBC News during his presidential bid. Native American leadershave said the "Pocahontas" nickname is culturally insensitive and racist. Warren herself called it a slur. Would a DNA test prove her claims? Probably not, and Warren said on NBC News' Meet the Press in a March 2018 interview she will not take one. DNA tests are not widely accepted as proof of tribal citizenship — in part because the DNA could not show a specific tribe, only some genetic markers from Native people — and are more unreliable for Native Americans than for large ancestral regions like Asia or Africa. “The reality is she … [Read more...] about Fact check: Trump wants Warren to prove her Native American heritage. Could she?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jaclyn Reiss Globe Staff July 05, 2018 President Trump joked Thursday night that he would give Senator Elizabeth Warren $1 million to a charity of her choice if she took a DNA test and it proved that she has Native American roots. Trump made the comments during a rally in Montana, at which he spoke at length about the Massachusetts Democrat, calling her his favorite politically incorrect nickname — “Pocahontas” — and chiding her about her undocumented claims of Cherokee heritage. “Pocahontas — they always want me to apologize for saying it. And I want to apologize. I’ll use tonight: Pocahontas, I apologize to you,” Trump said, as some supporters in the audience laughed. “To you, I apologize. To the fake Pocahontas, I won’t apologize.” Advertisement Warren has not backed off her claims and has … [Read more...] about Trump says he’d give Senator Elizabeth Warren $1m for charity if she can prove she’s Native American
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Annie Linskey Globe Staff January 19, 2018 WASHINGTON — There’s a ghost haunting Elizabeth Warren as she ramps up for a possible 2020 presidential bid and a reelection campaign in Massachusetts this year: her enduring and undocumented claims of Native American ancestry.Warren says now, as she has from the first days of her public life, that she based her assertions on family lore, on her reasonable trust in what she was told about her ancestry as a child.“I know who I am,” she said in a recent interview with the Globe. Advertisement But that self-awareness may not be enough, as her political ambitions blossom. She’s taken flak from the right for years as a “fake Indian,” including taunts from President Trump, who derisively calls her “Pocahontas.’’ That clamor from the right will only grow with her … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Warren’s Native American problem goes beyond politics
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Matt Viser and Liz Goodwin Globe Staff February 14, 2018 WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren made a surprise appearance at the National Congress of American Indians Wednesday, forcefully denouncing President Trump’s use of the name “Pocahontas” to deride her and defending her claims of Native American heritage more expansively than she has before.The Massachusetts Democrat also made an impassioned pledge to advocate for issues of importance for Native Americans. The speech was a clear attempt to put to rest a sensitive issue that has been used by her enemies to attack her character and another signal of her potential 2020 presidential ambitions.Warren did not apologize for her undocumented claims that her mother’s family had Cherokee blood — instead, reaffirming: “My mother’s family was part Native American. And my … [Read more...] about Warren addresses claims of Native American heritage