Democrat presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren attended a Native American Forum Monday, where the moderator had to encourage attendees to clap for her.

According to the Associated Press, Warren apologized to the crowd “over her past claim to tribal heritage, directly tackling an area that’s proved to be a big political liability.”

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Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage, directly tackling an area that’s proved to be a big political liability.

“Like anyone who has been honest with themselves, I know I have made mistakes,” the Massachusetts senator said at a forum on Native American issues in this pivotal early-voting state. “I am sorry for the harm I have caused.”

Monday’s remarks were an effort to move past the fallout from her past claims of tribal ancestry, which culminated in a widely criticized release of a DNA analysis last year. The issue nearly derailed her campaign in the early days as President Donald Trump began derisively referring to her as “Pocahontas.”

Professor Jacobson recently covered Warren’s Native American Plan here and here:

Warren has been scrubbing her heritage claims:

Elizabeth Warren’s team removed the parts of her campaign website that included her controversial claims of having Native American heritage, including DNA test results that showed she had only minuscule amounts of Indian ancestry.

Warren’s website until Sunday included a video of the Massachusetts Democratic senator getting the results of the DNA test, showing that she had between 1/64th and 1/1024th Native American ancestry, The Daily Caller reported.

Warren at the time said the results proved her claims throughout her academic career that she has Cherokee ancestry, a claim the Oklahoma native said was based on “family lore.”

The claims — and shaky DNA test results — prompted ridicule and charges that she was trying to advance her career by claiming to be a member of a minority group.

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For our extensive and in-depth coverage of Warren, see here.


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