She continued: "The joke, I guess, is supposed to be on me". In addition to that, none of her known ancestors are present on the Dawes Rolls, a list of members of the "Five Tribes" that include Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole tribes.
Warren said the story her parents lived "will always be a part of me".
Warren ended her speech with a promise to amplify the stories of Native Americans whenever someone tries to discredit her or her family's story, and it looks like her words were received well.
The Democrat from MA made her remarks in an address to the National Congress of American Indians, where she also talked about the difference between the Disney version of Pocahontas and the real-life woman.
You've got that? Not only is Warren lying about staking a claim to Native American heritage, her actual heritage shows that her family members oppressed them. To help her, I have drafted an apology, which she has my full permission to appropriate. That's nice, but the story doesn't address her own false claims of Cherokee ancestry.
Warren was also able to contrast her life with that of the wealth and privilege of Donald Trump.
However, that does not mean the Democrat has been lying about her heritage, as she has never claimed majority Cherokee ancestry and previously explained she learned about her ancestry through her mother.More news: A medalist now too, Rippon embraces function at Olympics
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"I'm here today to make a promise: Every time someone brings up my family's story, I'm going to use it to lift up the story of your families and your communities", she said.
Ms. Warren was plainly hoping to respond to an article last month in The Boston Globe that raised questions about her commitment to tribal issues.
She went on to discuss stories she will uplift, including stories of missing and murdered Native women, the health care divide, tribal lands and natural resources, historic monuments like Bears Ears, access to capital and credit; and infrastructure and access to rural broadband.
Warren added she understood why "some people think there's hay to be made" with regard to her background, because she wasn't enrolled in a tribe - a distinction she said she respected. "Without it, Native communities are simply shut out of a 21st-century economy", Warren said.
"Our stories are deeply woven into the fabric of who we are. Warren has maintained since 2012 that this is an issue of family lore".
There have been many rumors swirling about the possibility of Warren running for president in 2020, but none have been confirmed. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Warren was accused of trying to claim Native American heritage to advance her academic career, including listing herself as a minority in a Harvard Law School directory. I will use my national platform to advance the rights of Native Americans and I commit to building real relationships in Indian Country as an ally and supporter.
"For far too long, your story has been pushed aside, to be trotted out only in cartoons and commercials", she said.