Elizabeth Warren has a new policy proposal and this one is directed at protecting Native Americans.

By |2019-08-16T12:52:58-08:00August 17th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |10 Comments

It appears she is approaching her one personal controversy head-on.

Courtesy of Reuters

The Massachusetts senator, who faced criticism before launching her presidential campaign for claiming Native American heritage, said the United States has failed to honor its legal and moral responsibility to protect tribal nations and indigenous people.

“Washington owes Native communities a fighting chance to build stronger communities and a brighter future,” she said in a Medium post outlining her plan ahead of a Native American presidential forum next week.

Warren’s Cherokee Nation heritage claims have dogged her since her first Senate run in 2012 – and intensified after President Donald Trump seized on the criticism and repeatedly called her “Pocahontas.” In February she apologized to Cherokee leaders and took a DNA test in a widely criticized effort to prove her Native American ancestry.

Earlier this month Warren won a key endorsement from New Mexico Representative Deb Haaland, one of two Native American women in Congress.

Part of Warren’s plan includes a legislative proposal, which she will introduce with Haaland in Congress later this year. It would guarantee federal funds for Indian health, education, roads and other programs that are usually at the mercy of annual Congressional budget fights and elevate tribal affairs to a Cabinet-level priority.

It also aims to strengthen tribal sovereignty by reversing actions taken by the Trump administration to allow energy development over tribal concerns and strengthening the ability of tribes to block projects.

She said she would revoke the presidential permits that have allowed the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines to proceed, reverse Trump’s reduction of national monuments, including Bears Ears – which had been formed by a consortium of southwestern tribes, and protect sacred tribal areas like New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon from mineral development.

The plan would also provide federal funds to help buy back land stolen from them, and boost tribal sovereignty by reforming the tribal justice system.

This plan would go a long way toward quieting allegations that she appropriated a native heritage for personal gain.

But that will not stop Trump from trotting out the same old tired attacks.

Courtesy of Politico:

President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he planned to revive an old attack strategy on Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, focusing on her contentious past claims of Native American heritage.

“Like, Elizabeth Warren — I did the Pocahontas thing,” Trump said during a New Hampshire rally Thursday. “I hit her really hard and it looked like she was down and out but that was too long ago, I should’ve waited. But don’t worry, we will revive it.”

If Trump thinks that using a racist attack to undermine Warren’s campaign is an effective strategy I think he has another think coming. 

But seriously, what more does he have to work with?

While we are on the subject of Elizabeth Warren let me share this fairly adorable story of the first time she met Barack Obama. 

By the way let me just point out that if we are entering a recession the VERY BEST candiate we could put into the White House is the woman who predicted the last one, and knows more than just about anyone how to deal with the next one. 

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10 Comments

  1. Anonymous August 17, 2019 at 4:28 am

    Ha!

    How transparently arrogant and dumb.

    She just can’t stop digging deeper.

    • nanna August 17, 2019 at 6:44 pm

      Don’t be so hard on yourself.

      • Anonymous August 18, 2019 at 5:19 am

        You are obviously the bitter angry woman type.

        Stay away.

  2. Beaglemom August 17, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Love her story about meeting the future President Obama in 2002.

    And, by the way, I think Native Americans deserve much better treatment than they receive currently from the federal government. In 2018 there were devastating storms in South Dakota through the summer and then into the winter of 2018-2019. Native Americans had to beg for FEMA relief which had already been requested by state officials for the rest of the state. It was as if weather only happens in lands not on reservations and not on reservation land also. So I support any efforts to help Native Americans improve their lives. Kudos for Elizabeth Warren for not excluding these original citizens. I’m sure that the Republicans want to pretend that Native Americans simply never existed, just as I’m sure Don the Con would be amazed to learn that Greenland is not peopled by blond Norwegians.

  3. Anonymous August 17, 2019 at 9:19 am

    I meet so many people who claim Native American blood. Proud to add Elizabeth to my tribe. Notice don doesnt claim any heritage. Guess he is waiting for the time to announce he is hitlers grandchild.

  4. Two Spirit August 17, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/native-american-voters-2020-democrats-iowa_n_5d586a71e4b0d8840ff41dbb

    In some areas where Four Directions has made voting more accessible, Native voter turnout has doubled, Semans said.

    The swing vote is likely to favor Democrats, who are often seen as more receptive toward the needs of Native American communities on issues like health care, tribal sovereignty and economic development, Witmer said.

    Indigenous people hold profound respect for their tribal elders and leaders, who can sway the vote of whole reservations, Semans said. Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, Colorado, North Carolina, Minnesota and Arizona, each of which has a sizable Native population, are most likely to see a Native swing vote in 2020

  5. anonymous August 17, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) was asked about Trump’s tweet by CNN’s Ana Cabrera.

    “This is on par with what the president does,” she replied. “He sides with the white supremacists, he sides the white nationalists, with the domestic terrorists in our country, just as — you know, he has incited violence against people of color.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/not-surprised-at-all-that-the-president-sides-with-the-white-nationalists-native-american-congresswoman/

  6. nanna August 17, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Here’s what you all don’t know:

    Elizabeth’s paternal grandfather was the wealthiest man in the county, they were one of those families that owns the biggest businesses in town. I knew that, and I wondered how come she grew up poor, like she has said many times. Did her grandfather or her father lose the family fortune? No.

    Elizabeth Herring’s father was disowned by his parents when he married her mother- whom everyone knew had Cherokee blood on BOTH sides of her family. Elizabeth Warren’s family were simply good old Oklahoma racists. Reading all that I was reminded of a particularly disgusting racist welcome when President Obama made his first (and no doubt only) trip to Oklahoma City. And then I remembered the Tulsa massacre…

    So whatever Cherokee blood Elizabeth Warren has, she paid for it with poverty. Her father ended his career working as a janitor.

    And frankly I would like to smash in the face all those fucking Right-wingers always trying to attack Elizabeth Warren on the basis of her heritage.

    And that includes 4:28 am.

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