WASHINGTON (SBG) - On the heels of officially announcing her run for president Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, is under fire once again for claims she’s repeatedly made about her heritage...namely identifying as an American Indian.
Sinclair Broadcast Group national correspondent Kristine Frazao breaks down the latest in this controversy.
A recent report by The Washington Post found Sen. Warren identified herself as American Indian on a 1986 Texas state bar registration bar,
This follows a campaign-style video showing senator warren making public her DNA test results, which indicate that she has a Native American ancestor.
However, this action is a trend of behavior by Warren that some actual Native American tribal citizens are questioning.
Rebecca Nagle, citizen of Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Okla. said taking the ancestry test was a means for Sen. Warren to “use race-based science to assert that she had a connection to a tribe when that science in no way proves a connection to a tribe was really damaging.”
On Wednesday, Sen. Warren apologized.
“I am not a tribal citizen. Tribes and only tribes determine tribal citizenship,” Warren said in an interview.
Republican President Donald Trump has repeatedly mocked Sen. Warren, calling her “Pocahontas” and challenging her to prove her Native American heritage. Political experts say Sen. Warren’s response played into the president’s hand.
With her official announcement of a run for president expected this weekend, some worry of the long term political implications.
“This story is going to continue to follow her because it’s always going to be in the back of people’s minds that Elizabeth Warren said she was of Native American ancestry,” said Democratic strategist Dee Dawkins-Haigler.
When asked how she thought voters might react to this latest news, Sen. Warren simply said she’d leave that up to the political pundits.