After a DNA test proved she has less Native American ancestry than the average white person, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who has claimed to be an Indian throughout her career, will meet privately on Sunday with tribal elders while on her first visit to her home state of Oklahoma as a presidential candidate.
The outreach marks her latest attempt over a three-year period to atone to Native Americans for claiming she was an "American Indian" throughout her career, according to the Washington Post.
While teaching at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Warren had her race changed to Native American from white, university records show. Later, she requested that Harvard Law School list her as Native American after she was hired in 1995, according to the Boston Globe, which reviewed her personnel records -WaPo
"There’s been significant outreach efforts, not only with the Cherokee but with other tribes," said former Oklahoma governor David Walters (D) of Warren's attempts to rectify the situation. "I think she has effectively explained any of the issues associated with that incident. Beyond that, I think people are looking forward to knowing where does she stand on important issues to tribal governments?"