• Paul Steinhauser

Warren to visit N.H. amid renewed controversy over claims of Native American heritage

Sen. Elizabeth Warren greets guests at a Concord home Jan. 12. PAUL STEINHAUSER/For the Monitor

Sen. Elizabeth Warren will head to New Hampshire on Saturday, hours after she’s expected to officially launch her campaign for the White House.

The Democrat from Massachusetts is slated to announce her bid for the presidency at an event in Lawrence, then beeline for the first-in-the-nation primary state, where she’ll meet with voters at the city hall in Dover. With a long history of Bay State contenders coming out on top in the first-in-the-nation primary, New Hampshire is considered by pundits to be a “must win” for Warren.

But Warren’s much-anticipated announcement is being upstaged a bit by the latest developments in the controversy over her longstanding claims of Native American heritage. A Washington Post story on Tuesday evening – that included the publication of a 1986 Texas bar registration card showing her in her own handwriting identifying as “American Indian” – gave new life to a story that Republicans and especially President Donald Trump have long used to criticize her.

In a one-on-one conversation with the Monitor, Warren elaborated on her apology last week for revealing the results of a DNA test last autumn to try and prove her Native American heritage. Not only did the evidence show just a trace amount of Native American lineage, it also angered tribal leaders.

“I had a very good conversation last week with Chief Baker of the Cherokee Tribe. I told him I was sorry for furthering confusion over tribal citizenship and tribal sovereignty and for harm caused,” Warren told the Monitor.

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