U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren addressed claims of her Native American heritage Wednesday while delivering remarks at the National Congress of American Indians, and insisted that her mother’s Cherokee ancestry is not a fabrication.
“My mother’s family was part Native American,” Warren said. “And my daddy’s parents were bitterly opposed to their relationship.
“So, in 1932, when Mother was 19 and Daddy had just turned 20, they eloped.”
Warren’s remarks focused on the “Pocahontas” taunts frequently lobbed at her by President Donald Trump, with whom she has sparred with numerous times on social media. During her speech, Warren sought to debunk the “Pocahontas myth” — the “fairy tale” story about the purported Jamestown romance between the Indian chief’s daughter and the Englishman John Smith.
“In the fairy tale, Pocahontas and John Smith meet and fall in love,” Warren said. “Except Smith was nearly 30, and Pocahontas was about 10 years old, whatever happened between them, it was no love story.”
The Cambridge Democrat, who is up for re-election in November, criticized the story as “a fable used to bleach away the stain of genocide.”