Presidential candidate Warren apologizes to Native Americans
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Aug 21, 2019,
Aug 21, 2019, 0:31
The stop at Macalester followed a visit to Sioux City, Iowa, during which Warren offered a public apology to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage, directly tackling an area that's proved to be a big political liability.
New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland, who a year ago became one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress, introduced Warren on Monday after endorsing her presidential campaign last month and aligning with her for new legislation aimed at helping tribal communities. Warren claimed that she was part Native American as part of a job application for Harvard University in the early 1990s and also did so on a registration document for Texas State Bar back in 1986. "I am sorry for harm that I have caused". "I talk with my hands and shake my head, which only made me look more like Elizabeth Warren. It is a great honor to be able to partner with Indian Country and that's what I've tried to do as senator and that's what I promise I will do as President of the United States of America".
"Meanwhile, as Democratic presidential candidates speak at a Native American forum, the RNC is all in on fueling racism against Native Americans", Bendery wrote on Twitter. On the question of missing and murdered indigenous women - and men, Warren noted - the issue needs more attention from the government and the national media, she said.
"Over and over, I'm struck by women who go missing and it doesn't make a headline for a week". The release of Warren's DNA test results was not well received, as the test revealed she could be anywhere from 1/64th to 1/1024th Native American.
He said the president's "Pocahontas" nickname stuck and is complemented by what he called her "irritating demeanor". Warren later apologized to the Cherokee and expressed regret before Monday's event. Haaland called it the "boldest" plan yet to "address the promises that have been broken and the need in our communities".
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'Real reform requires examining every step of this system: From what we choose to criminalize, to how law enforcement and prosecutors engage with communities and the accused, to how long we keep people behind bars, how we treat them when they're there, and how we reintegrate them when they return, ' she said, pointing to racial disparities in who gets charged, convicted, and sentenced to long terms.
Ahead of Warren's appearance, Semans took the stage and urged the few hundred people in attendance to treat all the candidates who appeared with "respect".
Manape LaMere, son of the late Frank LaMere - the activist after whom the conference is named, told CNN after Warren spoke that he appreciated her focus on policies important to Native people.
"I couldn't tell if she recognized I was dressed like her or if she thought, 'Here's a weird lady dressed like a stereotypical politician, '" said Oyen.