Pocahontas, er, Elizabeth Warren is back at defending her native roots. Little Miss “I have a plan for that” actually has a plan that’s worth reading. Her tribal plan to protect the rights of Native Americans is her longest yet. The policy proposal is an impressive 9,000 words.
Elizabeth Warren has always been quick to defend the Native Americans because she feels as though she is part of the tribe. This isn’t the first time she’s felt the need to defend herself, either. She claimed to be Native American on a law school registry, prior to becoming a professor at Harvard University. She has told people that she identifies as Native American because of the different things that she was told as a child.
After a DNA test came back, proving that she was 1/1024 Cherokee, she ended up having to apologize to the Cherokee nation. The bogus test proved that she was considerably less than average to what most Native Americans are – which meant that she had no claim to having any kind of tribal heritage.
However, that doesn’t stop Warren from doing what she can in order to protect the Native Americans.
In one post, Warren talked about America’s mistreatment of American Indians, including native Hawaiians and Alaska natives. She talked about centuries of discrimination, violence, greed, and neglect. Her opinion is that Washington owes native communities a fighting chance so that they can have a brighter future and build stronger communities.
The size of her proposal shows that she has given it some thought, especially considering it’s twice as long as any of the other proposals she’s created throughout her presidential campaign. This includes such proposals as breaking up large tech companies around the world, forgiving over $600 billion in student loan debt, and even ream Pham ping the investment of rural America from the federal government.
Warren has partnered with freshman representative Deb Haaland (D-NM), who has also endorsed Warren for the presidency, on a legislative proposal that would focus on meeting the unmet needs of Indian Country. A comment. Would make it possible for tribal leaders and citizens to shape the final legislation before it goes to the floor.
According to the Cherokee nation’s Secretary of State at the time, Warren undermined tribal interests as a result of claiming triable heritage. Rather than letting it go when she was first told that she didn’t hold the heritage, she continued trying to make the claims – and she made a mockery of the entire process. It’s how she earned the nickname Pocahontas, given to her by Pres. Donald Trump.
As for the details of her plan to help Native Americans, it focuses on criminal jurisdiction, treaties, banking access, the Dakota Access pipeline, Indian health service, violence against indigenous women, and an onslaught of other issues.
Warren’s team is also highlighting that she is the first presidential candidate to really focus on the Native Americans, including an Oliphant fix which represents a decision made by the Supreme Court in 1978 identifying that non-natives found on tribal land aren’t automatically subject to tribal government criminal jurisdiction.
It was considered political suicide as soon as Warren tried to make a racial identity through a DNA test in order to put an end to the political controversy. Plenty of political strategists identified that Warren was doomed as a presidential candidate because of all that she was doing – and upsetting the Cherokee nation in the process.
Although Warren has apologized, her new intense focus on Native American tribes is likely to remind people of that misstep. Just as she has finally started to get a sufficient lead within the polls, she has decided to push forward with a tribal plan that is supposed to improve how Native Americans feel in the United States and giving them more tribal rights.
While it’s unlikely that she is going to try to take another DNA test in order to prove that she belongs amongst the Native Americans, she does have an entire team pushing forward on these plans. As for the details of her plan, they are as nondescript as all of her other plans. If she’s going to take 9000 words in order to create a policy proposal, she should really focus on placing a few more details on such things as how these things will happen, how much they will cost, and where the funding is going to come from. Right now, the only thing she has managed to do is dig up the fact that she isn’t Native American and that her plans are vague at best.