Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, preparing to formally launch her 2020 presidential campaign, has apologized to the Cherokee Nation for taking a DNA test to prove she had Native American ancestry according to the New York Times.
“Senator Warren has reached out to us and has apologized to the tribe. We are 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. We are encouraged by her action and hope that the slurs and mockery of tribal citizens and Indian history and heritage will now come to an end,” the Cherokee Nation said in a statement.
The apology is a break from Ms. Warren’s previous public stance, where she refused to admit fault said the Times.
Back in October Warren (D-MA), frequently mocked with the name “Pocahontas” by Donald Trump and other conservatives and a possible challenger for his office in 2020, released the results of a DNA test that showed Native American ancestry “in the range of 6-10 generations ago.”
The Boston Globe reported: ‘That timing fits Warren’s family lore, passed down during her Oklahoma upbringing, that her great-great-great-grandmother, O.C. Sarah Smith, was at least partially Native American. The inherent imprecision of the six-page DNA analysis could provide fodder for Warren’s critics. If her great-great-great-grandmother was Native American, that puts her at 1/32nd American Indian. But the report includes the possibility that she’s just 1/512th Native American if the ancestor is 10 generations back. Undergoing the test and releasing the results reveal how seriously Warren is taking the attacks from Trump, who has been able to effectively caricature and diminish his national foes via nicknames and conspiracy theories.’
Openly gay mayor Peter Buttigieg has announced he will be running for president in 2020.
Buttigieg, currently mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced on Wednesday (22 January) that he is forming an exploratory committee to run for president for the Democratic Party.
He says his campaign will focus on ‘intergenerational justice’.
‘My generation is the generation that experienced school shootings beginning when I was in high school, the generation that fought in the post 9/11 wars, the first generation not to be better off than our parents materially – if nothing changes.’
He also appears to take a swipe at President Donald Trump’s mantra, Make America Great Again.
He adds: ‘There is no again the real world. We can’t look for greatness in the past. Right now our country needs a fresh start.
‘There’s a new generation of voices emerging in our country, walking away from the politics of the past and ready to deliver on our priorities. There is no again in the real world. That’s not a bad thing. We’re ready for a fresh start.’
The youngest candidate
The 37-year-old is the joint youngest candidate to enter the race, alongside Representative Tulsi Gabbard. He is a veteran of the Navy and is married to his husband Chasten.
Buttieg was elected mayor in 2011 at the age of 29, making him the youngest person ever to serve as mayor of South Bend.
In 2017, he ran for Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman, but was unsuccessful.
Other Democrats who have expressed intent or formed exploratory committees include Senator Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gilibrand and Kamala Harris.