WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren sparked new controversy Wednesday during a speech at the Tribal Nations Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in which she once again referenced her Cherokee heritage.
Warren, who came under tremendous fire after it was revealed during her 2012 campaign to unseat then-Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) that she had tried to claim Native American heritage to advance her academic career, addressed the controversy while speaking to the National Congress of American Indians.
“I get why some people think there’s hay to be made here,” Warren said, according to a transcript of the speech published by The Boston Globe (https://tinyurl.com/yckqwrdl). “You won’t find my family members on any rolls, and I’m not enrolled in a tribe.”
Warren then went on to say that, despite allegations otherwise, she “never used my family tree to get a break or get ahead. I never used it to advance my career.”
“I’ve noticed that every time my name comes up, President Trump likes to talk about Pocahontas. So I figured, let’s talk about Pocahontas. Not Pocahontas, the fictional character most Americans know from the movies, but Pocahontas, the Native woman who really lived, and whose real story has been passed down to so many of you through the generations,” Warren posted in a tweet just prior to her speech, noting that “her story has been taken away by powerful people who twisted it to serve their own purposes.
President Donald Trump famously coined the phrase “Fauxcahontas” during the 2016 presidential campaign in response to criticism by Warren who called him a “dangerous” candidate.
As reported by Breitbart in 2012 (https://tinyurl.com/yat2l4sp), no evidence can be found to support Warren’s claims of Native American heritage and The New England Historical Genealogical Society says no records can be found to back up her claims.
“The New England Historical Genealogical Society, which originally announced they found evidence of Elizabeth Warren’s Native American heritage, said today they have discovered no documentation to back up claims that she is 1/32 Cherokee,” the organization told the Boston Herald in May 2012.
“NEHGS has not expressed a position on whether Mrs. Warren has Native American ancestry, nor do we possess any primary sources to prove that she is,” Tom Champoux, spokesman for the NEHGS added. “We have no proof that Elizabeth Warren’s great great great grandmother O.C. Sarah Smith [Crawford] either is or is not of Cherokee descent.’”