Amid media reports apparently revealing that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren identified as an “American Indian” on a Texas State Bar registration card more than 30 years ago, the Massachusetts Democrat is apologizing for claiming a heritage she doesn’t actually have.
Warren had already apologized privately to the Cherokee Nation, though reports had detailed it as limited in scope. She told the Washington Post that she intended it to include her inaccurate claims.
“I told him I was sorry for furthering confusion about tribal citizenship,” she said of a call to the tribe’s principal chief, Bill John Baker. “I am also sorry for not being more mindful about this decades ago. We had a good conversation.”
The 2020 presidential hopeful said she “can’t go back” and change the past, further apologizing for creating “confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizen and harm that resulted.”
Warren spokesperson Kristin Orthman also issued a statement on the matter.
“She is sorry that she was not more mindful of this earlier in her career,” Orthman said.