Elizabeth Warren Accuses Trump of 'Disrespect' to Native Americans

Elizabeth Warren Accuses Trump of 'Disrespect' to Native Americans

Elizabeth Warren Accuses Trump of 'Disrespect' to Native Americans

But, as Warren puts it, "Pocahontas was not around to enjoy it;" Rolfe took Pocahontas to London to showcase his new wife as a "civilized savage".

Sen. Elizabeth Warren made a surprise appearance before the National Congress of American Indians on Wednesday, delivering a speech that addressed her claims to Native American heritage - while also taking shots at President Donald Trump.

Trump has used the name "Pocahontas" as a slur to refer to Warren on multiple occasions, beginning during Warren's 2012 Senate race when she made claims that she had Native American heritage.

In her speech, Warren rebuked Trump's persistent mockery of her as "Pocahontas", and also spoke in greater detail about her family's history.

But Warren told the Native American group that she respects the distinction between Native American heritage and membership in a tribe. "So I figured, let's talk about Pocahontas", Warren told the audience. "I'm more concerned with what she stands for than who she claims to be, and the fact is she is a major contributor to the negative dynamic and dysfunction in Washington".

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At Wednesday's speech, Warren acknowledged that she isn't enrolled in a tribe and that her family isn't included in tribe rolls.

Her mother was born in Oklahoma in 1912 and married her father in 1932, Warren said.

Her only two real references were to claim that she received no benefit from falsely claiming to be Cherokee, but considering her academic listing as a minority, that's unlikely.

She used the story of her family's struggle to make clear she is now fully committed to uplifting the voices of Native communities, but didn't specify exactly how she intends to do so. I want to especially apologize to the over 350,000 citizens of Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the United Keetoowah Band.

Questions about Warren's claims began surfacing following a 2012 story in the Boston Herald.

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"For far too long, your story has been pushed aside, to be trotted out only in cartoons and commercials".

Each time, she said, "someone brings up my family's story, I'm going to use it to lift up the story of your families and your communities". 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. That was further exacerbated by the event's setting, which took place in the Oval Office where Trump displays a portrait of Andrew Jackson, the former president who forced the removal of tens of thousands of Native Americans from their lands.

"This is another media stunt by Warren to gain national exposure for her presidential run", added Diehl, who served as a top MA campaign official for Donald Trump's presidential run.

"But the kind of violence President Jackson and his allies perpetrated isn't just an ugly chapter in a history book", Warren added.

Trump longs for the halcyon days when Blacks picked cotton, Latinos toiled in the fields, Chinese laid down railroad tracks, and Native Americans were confined to their reservations.

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