With all the news coming out about several political officials, Presidential Democratic contender Elizabeth Warren has been added to the media frenzy. According to a report published Tuesday in the Washington Post, Warren signed an official registration card, in April 1986, when asked her nationality chose to list Native American. And that is where the whole frenzy begins.
The official document on which the claim was written, and hand-signed by Warren herself, was for her State Bar of Texas, again in 1986. This most recent information is just more full to the fire, as Warren struggles to raise money and to hire staff, in anticipation of her formally announcing her official campaign launch of her 2020 bid to become the nations Democratic presidential nomination.
In a photograph of the registration document, that the was posted online, Warren correctly listed both the law school and the university she attended. However, on the line that was to indicate race, Warren chose to handwrite in “American Indian.”
Although Reuters reporters had not inspected the card for authenticity, her office did nothing to dispute it. The Post also reported that during an interview with Warren, she apologized for the act of identifying herself as a Native American.
Adding insult to injury, Warren elected to take a DNA test, to prove her claim, which only served to upset both Native American tribal leaders, as well as the majority of her fellow Democrats in Washington. Although the test confirmed that she did have Native American ancestry, it also proved that ancestor was from many generations back.
This further caused Native American tribal leaders to bring Warren to task for even trying to use a DNA test as proof to any type of believed claim to any tribal nation. They stated that just as important as blood, was the culture and individual sovereignty of the tribal nation, and as such did not allow her any claims to citizenship in the tribal nation.
The Cherokee Nation, to whom Warren was claiming a genetic connection, did report that Warren issued a full apology for taking the DNA test. She also went on to confirm that she has never been, nor was she now, a citizen of any of the current tribal nations.
Warren continues to raise money and to work on hiring staff through an exploratory committee. Speculation is that she will make her official announcement to launch her campaign as the Democratic presidential candidate on Saturday.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Was it an “honest mistake”? Was Warren fully aware of her deceit?