After Native Americans demanded that she publicly denounce her “history of false claims to American Indian identity,” Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) issued a 12-page peace treaty complete with 88 footnotes.
“I am sorry for the harm I have caused,” Warren wrote in the treaty that closely conformed to the Chicago Manual of Style.
The treaty went on at length — with contextual footnotes and bibliography — and provided at least 21 separate examples when Warren spearheaded, fought, supported, promoted, invested, ensured, elevated, cosponsored, worked, addressed, delivered, and led efforts to support the Tribal Nations and their sovereignty.
Many Native Americans said they appreciated Warren’s humility, but others said they will never accept her peace treaty.
Warren said she accepted their apology regardless of whether they accept her peace treaty or not.
“As president, I’ll have a plan for that,” she said. “Under my administration, an Indian Peace Commission will continue to try hard in my name to be the best champion for Indian Country it can be.”
Correction: A previous edition of this story said that Warren admitted to the tribes that she is “Indian Indian” with DNA that proves 1/64th Indo-Aryan ancestry, and that her “real identity is even more diverse than anyone could have imagined, because Indo-Aryans make up the majority of the population on the Indian subcontinent and many of my people came from great dynasties and empires.” Although we’re certain Warren said that, we can’t find any evidence of it on her website. We regret the error.
P.S. We also added an “e” to our correction because our correction policy is the most transparent in media history.