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.