Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., spoke at a Native American conference Tuesday as she tries to recover from a scandal involving her claimed Native American heritage that is plaguing the early days of her presidential campaign.
According to HuffPost, Warren delivered a speech at the National Conference of American Indians, during which she did not address the aforementioned controversy — which grew larger last week when it was discovered she wrote "Native American" on a State Bar of Texas application in 1986.
In her Tuesday remarks, HuffPost reported Warren spoke about issues pertinent to Native Americans: the first two female Native Americans ever elected to Congress, Reps. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., and Sharice Davids, D-Kan.; and Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, who chairs the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah.
"The agenda is enormous and the fights will be tough," Warren said. "And in tough fights, it is important to have leaders like Cheryl out in front. Cheryl is warm, and understanding, and sharp. She's forceful and, let's say it — she persists!"
Haaland introduced Warren onstage, saying, "Indian Country needs strong allies like Elizabeth Warren, whose unwavering commitment to Native communities and Native American women and children is needed in this political era."
Warren has claimed for years to be part Native American. Earlier in her legal career, it has been alleged she might have tried to use that claim to her advantage.
Warren took a DNA test last year and released the results, which showed very little Native American heritage in her DNA.
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