Warren Dodges Responsibility for False Race Claim

Warren Dodges Responsibility for False Race Claim

February 7, 2019

On Wednesday, 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) cited her childhood as the reason for claiming “American Indian” as her race on a 1986 Texas State Bar registration card when she was 36.

“My brothers and I learned from our mom and our dad and our brothers and our sisters, and those were our family stories,” Warren said. “So all I know is, during this time period, this is consistent with what I did because it was based on my understanding from my family’s stories but family stories are not the same as tribal citizenship.”

She added, “My apology is an apology for not having been more sensitive about tribal citizenship and tribal sovereignty. I really want to underline the point, tribes and only tribes determine tribal citizenship. It is an issue of tribal sovereignty.”

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