Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren on Monday apologized at a Native American forum in Iowa for 'harm' she had caused after she claimed Native American heritage and faced criticism for it.
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren on Monday addressed a Native American forum in Iowa where she told the audience, "I know that I have made mistakes.
I am sorry." "I have listened, and I have learned a lot," she said.
Last week Warren unveiled her latest policy plan, which aims to empower Native American tribes through land protection and law enforcement reforms and boost financial support for chronically underfunded health and education programs. The Massachusetts senator, who faced criticism before launching her presidential campaign for claiming Native American heritage, said the United States has failed to honor its legal and moral responsibility to protect tribal nations and indigenous people.
Warren's Cherokee Nation heritage claims have dogged her since her since her first Senate run in 2012 - and intensified after President Donald Trump seized on the criticism and repeatedly called her "Pocahontas." In February she apologized to Cherokee leaders and took a DNA test in a widely criticized effort to prove her Native American ancestry.
Earlier this month Warren won a key endorsement from New Mexico Representative Deb Haaland, one of two Native American women in Congress.
Part of Warren's plan includes a legislative proposal, which she will introduce with Haaland in Congress later this year.
It would guarantee federal funds for Indian health, education, roads and other programs that are usually at the mercy of annual Congressional budget fights and elevate tribal affairs to a Cabinet-level priority.
It also aims to strengthen tribal sovereignty by reversing actions taken by the Trump administration to allow energy development over tribal concerns and strengthening the ability of tribes to block projects.
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