Warren is the one who has long made questionable claims of Native American heritage based on little more than family "lore" and that her grandfather "had high cheek bones like all of the Indians do". Not Pocahontas, the fictional character most Americans know from the movies, but Pocahontas, the Native woman who really lived, and whose real story has been passed down to so many of you through the generations", Warren said, noting that "her story has been taken away by powerful people who twisted it to serve their own purposes. "Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas" is a reference to the allegation, first raised during her 2012 Senate campaign, that Warren attested to a Native American heritage that doesn't exist in order to advance herself through affirmative action", the story begins. "I understand that tribal membership is determined by tribes-and only by tribes".
Nor do any of her known ancestors appear on the Dawes Rolls, an official list of members of the Cherokee, Chocktaw, Creek, Chickasaw, and Seminole tribes compiled by the federal government in the early 20th century. "Senator Warren is not just an advocate for Aquinnah, she's an advocate and a champion for all of Indian country".
[M] y mother's family was part Native American. 'I never used it to advance my career'. She also said she would speak more openly about those issues and bring them up whenever critics inevitably dredge up the issue of her family history.
Warren went on to emphasize that a 10-year-old Pocahontas lived "no love story", and that her life was one of "heroism, and bravery, and pain".
"And I want to make something clear", Warren continued. "For far too long, your story has been pushed aside, to be trotted out only in cartoons and commercials", she said.
She went on to discuss stories she will uplift, including stories of missing and murdered Native women, the health care divide, tribal lands and natural resources, historic monuments like Bears Ears, access to capital and credit; and infrastructure and access to rural broadband.
Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) addressed the National Congress of American Indians. "The joke, I guess, is supposed to be on me".
Not only does Leahy say O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford was not Cherokee, in a follow up article about Warren's ancestry he says that Smith Crawford's husband, Jonathan Crawford, was a member of the Tennessee militia who rounded up Cherokees and herded them into government-built stockades in Ross's Landing, which is now Chattanooga, Tennessee. "And, for nearly as long, her story has been taken away by powerful people who twisted it to serve their own purposes".
"If Elizabeth Warren wants to be president of the United States, the call for full transparency will only grow louder", Kingston added.
Back in November, at a White House event honoring Native American code talkers, Trump made the "Pocahontas" joke to WW2 veterans partaking in the ceremony, as a portrait of famed Indian slayer Andrew Jackson loomed in the background.
It remains unclear whether Warren is indeed part Native American, as she claims. "And I promise I will fight to help write a different story".