Warren to test ability to move beyond Native American flap

UNITED STATES (AP) – United States (US) Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren addressed Native American issues yesterday, directly tackling an area that’s proven to be her biggest political liability.

The Massachusetts senator’s past claim to tribal ancestry, which culminated in her release of a DNA analysis last year, had drawn criticism from some Native Americans and dogged her 2020 campaign in its early weeks.

But Warren, who last week released a detailed policy agenda to help Native Americans, has since climbed in the polls.

She appeared at a two-day Native American forum in Sioux City, Iowa, that’s drawing 10 rivals. The event promised to test Warren’s ability to move beyond the flap over her previous discussions of her heritage, for which she apologised to the Cherokee Nation.

Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren. – PHOTO: AP