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'I Am Sorry': Warren's Message at Native American Forum

'I have made mistakes,' she tells group in reference to past claims of heritage
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2019 12:46 PM CDT
Elizabeth Warren addresses congregants at Reid Chapel AME Church on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Columbia, S.C.   (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
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(Newser) – Elizabeth Warren addressed a presidential forum on Native American issues in Iowa on Monday and didn't try to avoid the elephant in the room. "Like anyone who’s being honest with themselves, I know that I have made mistakes," Warren told the audience, per the New York Times. "I am sorry for the harm I have caused. I have listened and I have learned a lot, and I am grateful for the many conversations that we've had together." The reference, of course, is to the controversy over Warren's past claims of Native American heritage, which she tried to put to rest with the release of a DNA analysis last year. While the results showed "strong evidence" of at least some Native American ancestry, the release of the results drew yet more criticism from Native American groups, who called the move "inappropriate and wrong."

The AP reports that Warren, who last week released a detailed proposal to help Native Americans on several fronts, received a standing ovation at the forum. "It is a great honor to be able to partner with Indian Country, and that’s what I’ve tried to do as a senator, and that’s what I promise I will do as president of the United States of America," she said. The event is being hosted by the voting rights group Four Directions. Monday's public apology comes after Warren offered a private one to the Cherokee Nation. (President Trump has frequently ridiculed Warren over her ancestry claims by calling her "Pocahontas.")

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