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Elizabeth Warren claimed American Indian heritage on State Bar of Texas registration card


She had just apologized for her 1/1024 DNA test

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) can't seem to shake her self-inflicted identity crisis. Days after apologizing to the Cherokee Nation for a DNA test that revealed a small percentage of Native American heritage, The Washington Post reported another instance in which Warren claimed an American Indian background.

The Post, through an open records request, got a hold of a State Bar of Texas registration card from 1986 on which Warren hand-wrote "American Indian" in the field for "race."

From The Post:

The Texas bar registration card is significant, among other reasons, because it removes any doubt that Warren directly claimed the identity. In other instances Warren has declined to say whether she or an assistant filled out forms.

The card shows her name, her gender and the address for the University of Texas law school in Austin, where she was working at the time.

The Post revealed the document as part of an article featuring an interview with Warren, who elaborated on her previous apology for her claims of Cherokee tribal affiliation.

"I can't go back. But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted," Warren told The Post.

Warren's office did not dispute the authenticity of the bar registration form, and a campaign spokesperson for the 2020 presidential candidate said "She is sorry that she was not more mindful of this earlier in her career."

This is just one of several instances where Warren has claimed Native heritage, claims which are the source of President Trump mockingly calling her "Pocahontas."

  • Warren listed herself as a minority in the Association of American Law Schools from 1986 through 1995
  • Warren changed her ethnicity from white to Native American in University of Pennsylvania records in 1989 as an employee
  • Warren's ethnicity was listed as Native American when she worked at Harvard Law School from 1995 to 2004
  • Last year, Warren claimed that she was 1/1024 Native American as a result of a DNA test, and said she had a connection to the Cherokee Nation. She recently apologized to the tribe, which had been openly critical of her claim
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