"I went to speak to Native American tribal leaders and I made a promise to them that every time President Trump wants to try to throw out some kind of racial slur, he wants to attack me, I'm going to use it as a chance to lift up their stories", she said on "State of the Union". "Never got any benefit from it anywhere", Warren said. Elizabeth Warren is hoping to defuse an issue that has dogged her for years, her claims of Native American heritage, ahead of a possible run for president in 2020.
On her ancestry, the Massachusetts Senator says: "It's a part of who I am and no one's ever going to take that away".
In the speech, Warren, who doesn't claim citizenship in a tribe, said, "My mother's family was part Native American".
Warren sought to move past questions about her background last month in an address to the National Congress of American Indians.
"Look, I do know", she responded.
Asked repeatedly if she would serve a full six-year term if re-elected, Warren said she was not running for president and would fight "for the people of MA, and for the people across this country".
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Warren, during an interview on WGBY-TV's "Connecting Point", largely dismissed a Berkshire Eagle editorial's call for her to "take the spit test" and set the record straight on whether or not she has Native American ancestry. When asked about her claim of Native American heritage, however, the MA lawmaker deflected, citing her family history and what she had been told by her parents.
"I never used my family tree to get a break or get ahead", she said.
Trump referred to Warren as "Pocahontas" at the rally, a derogatory reference to her controversial claims of Cherokee heritage.
Warren then said that "more than half of all native women have been the victims of sexual violence", and the "United States government does nothing about that".
Some on the left and right are calling on Senator Elizabeth Warren to take a DNA test to straighten out questions about Native American heritage; radio host Howie Carr weighs in.
Gabby Archilla, a 26-year-old law student in Boston, said taking a DNA test might help Warren but probably wouldn't silence her critics. In an age of hypersensitivity to claims of cultural appropriation, it's odd that she thinks her family lore ought to be enough to put this to rest.
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