After apologizing to the Cherokee Nation recently for having taken a widely-mocked DNA test that revealed only a trace of Indian DNA-less than the typical American Caucasian-Warren attempted to bury the lede by tacking on in her Post interview that it was also meant to cover her earlier exploitation of minority status while at the Ivy League law schools.
"The conclusion I draw is that she may not have gotten benefit from it, but I believe she certainly was trying to", he said. Trump, for his part, uses the racial slur "Pocahontas" to describe the Massachusetts Democrat. Warren said. "There really is an important distinction of tribal citizenship".
In an effort to put the issue behind her, Warren released a video that included a DNA test of her heritage.
Warren has been asked to clarify her apology to the Cherokee Nation multiple times this week.
"I can't go back", Warren told the The Washington Post.
Cherokee Nation spokesperson Julie Hubbard said Warren reached out to the tribe and apologized, and said it was "encouraged by this dialogue and understanding that being a Cherokee Nation tribal citizen is rooted in centuries of culture and laws, not through DNA tests".
McDaniel reproduced sections of the Texas Disciplinary Rules Of Professional Conduct to emphasize her claim. But the move incited further criticism given the distant nature of her connection to the tribe.
The State Bar document, which acts as a registration card, is one of multiple instances in which Warren described herself as a Native American.
A Warren aide did not dispute the card's authenticity and declined to comment on whether there might be other unreported examples of her having claimed American Indian heritage. But after the Cherokee Nation shared its frustrations with her, she apologized for the stunt.
Under race, the space is marked "American Indian".
Ms. Warren is listed as inactive in the Texas bar. She's also appealed to the Democratic base with arguments that wealthy politicians shouldn't self-fund their campaigns and proposed an "ultra-millionaire tax".
"She is sorry that she was not more mindful of this earlier in her career", said Kristen Orthman, a Warren campaign spokeswoman.
The date coincided with her first listing as a "minority" by the Association of American Law Schools. The change came two years after she was hired there. And, she now admits, there may be other such documents out there.
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