Then, she made a promise to lift up Native people.
Winchester businessman John Kingston said in a prepared statement that Warren's speech "distracts from an issue she has never addressed: did she claim to be a member of a Native American tribe in order to obtain preferential consideration for employment at Harvard University, as well as in all her academic positions before that?"
"I'm more concerned with what she stands for than who she claims to be, and the fact is she is a major contributor to the negative dynamic and dysfunction in Washington", Lindstrom said.
The Senator also outlined the story of Pocahontas - "A story of heroism".
Direct claims of native ancestry in the 17-minute speech came down to the following: "My mother's family was part Native-American". ".No one - not even the president of the United States - will ever take that part of me away". During her 2012 Senate campaign, critics pointed to Warren being listed as a minority professor in the 1990s.
With all due respect Warren should shut the hell up until she provides actual documentation to substantiate her claim of having Native American blood.
"I understand that tribal membership is determined by tribes - and only by tribes", she said.
The Senator added that she had never used her family tree to "get a break or get ahead", and denied ever using it to advance her career. I will use my national platform to advance the rights of Native Americans and I commit to building real relationships in Indian Country as an ally and supporter.
Warren ended her speech with a promise to amplify the stories of Native Americans whenever someone tries to discredit her or her family's story, and it looks like her words were received well.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday forcefully denounced the President's use of "Pocohntas" as an insult against her and discussed some of her family background in an effort to address questions about her Native American heritage.
She went on to discuss stories she will uplift, including stories of missing and murdered Native women, the health care divide, tribal lands and natural resources, historic monuments like Bears Ears, access to capital and credit; and infrastructure and access to rural broadband. "So, in 1932, when Mother was 19 and Daddy had just turned 20, they eloped".
"These were the troops responsible for removing Cherokee families from homes they had lived in for generations in the three states that the Cherokee Nations had considered their homelands for centuries: Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee", Leahy says.
Jefferson Keel, president of the tribal congress, said his group was "deeply honored by the courage" Warren showed in addressing a topic that has vexed her for almost six years.
Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA has grown exhausted of President Donald Trump ridiculing her Native American lineage.
"For far too long, your story has been pushed aside, to be trotted out only in cartoons and commercials", she told the audience.