Published: Wed, August 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Democratic hopeful Warren in Sioux City apologizes for Native American ancestry claims

Democratic hopeful Warren in Sioux City apologizes for Native American ancestry claims

"Now, before I go further in this, I want to say this: Like anyone who has been honest with themselves, I know I have made mistakes", said Warren, who was greeted with a standing ovation when she took the stage at the Frank LaMere Native American presidential forum, named for the longtime activist who died in June. "I am sorry for the harm I have caused".

"By spending our budgets not on imprisonment but on community services that lift people up", said Warren, "we'll decarcerate and make our communities safer".

"Every time they asked about Elizabeth's family instead of the issues of vital importance to Indian country, they feed the President's racism", Haaland said.

As Warren continues to surge in nationwide polls of the 2020 race, she is attempting to prove to voters that the controversy will not cripple her in a general election matchup against Trump.

Legislatively, Warren says she would push to repeal the 1994 crime bill, a jab at former Vice President Joe Biden, who authored it, and at progressive rival Sen.

It has been well-documented that Warren lied about her ancestry and identified herself as a Cherokee Native American to gain leverage throughout her legal and political career. That angered tribal leaders who said being a Native American is not determined by DNA alone but by membership in a tribe. "We need to change the rules and make it happen". Warren noted that her plan addresses this ongoing issue, pushing for the federal government to "get serious" about collecting and reporting data about these women. At the beginning of the forum, a moment of silence was held for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a Native American woman from North Dakota who disappeared two years ago Monday and was later found dead.

Warren said the pipeline permits should not have been granted in the first place.

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Warren's proposal would take additional steps to provide "special protections" for certain prisoners, like the at-risk transgender population, and guarantee what she describes as "basic human rights standards" - most notably by ending the use of solitary confinement.

To some in the audience at a Monday night rally in Minnesota for Elizabeth Warren, there appeared to be two blue blazer-wearing presidential candidates in attendance.

Warren posted a front page from the Boston Globe reporting on the test on October 15, 2018, writing: "By the way, President Donald Trump: Remember saying on 7/5 that you'd give $1M to a charity of my choice if my DNA showed Native American ancestry?"

According to Warren campaign press secretary Saloni Sharma, Warren's pan will "reimagine how we talk and think about public safety in this country".

What's interesting is Warren's apology came after she was introduced by Rep. In her push to "decriminalize mental health crises", Warren points to "Medicare for All" and its promise of "continuous access" to care for the mentally ill.

"The U.S. makes up 5 percent of the world's population, but almost 20 percent of the world's prison population", Warren said.

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