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Elizabeth Warren Delivers Powerful Speech to Native American Group

Elizabeth Warren Delivers Powerful Speech to Native American Group

Elizabeth Warren

Editor's note: The following are the prepared remarks of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for a speech given at the National Congress of American Indians on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Thank you for having me here today.

I want to start by thanking Chairwoman Andrews-Maltais for that introduction. It has been an honor to work with, to learn from, and to represent the tribes in my home state of Massachusetts, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head — the Aquinnah — and the Mashpee Wampanoag.


Not once did she talk of over-turning Lone Wolf vs Hitchcock which would get Native Americans out from under the control of Congress and end this discrimination like no other. That would be a powerful speech!


I was not aware of the Lone Wolf case and I thank you for bringing it to my/our attention!

I just called Warren’s DC office pointing out the case and asking for consideration and/or mention, at least, of Lone Wolf vs Hitchcock, to at least make people aware of it’s part in the Native American theft and genocide…thanks to you…for what it’s worth in today’s world…

Lone Wolf was a pivotal case declaring that “the “plenary power” of the United States Congress gave it authority to unilaterally abrogate treaty obligations between the United States and Native American tribes.” - that decision is still is oppressing and “legalizing” the theft and forced submission of Native Americans.


Great speech! Go, Elizabeth go! I hope to see you in the White House!


You are most welcome. It is one of my duties, to inform and comment on this case. Here is the reason why…


Lizzie go girl! I am wearing my “Don’t mess with Texas” t-shirt as I type. I love you so much for all that you do. Peace, forever.


Good luck with this Liz. I don’t see much hope for it, but good luck. You lied about your intentional use of being a supposed 1/32nd native American to gain personal benefits, but it’s a nice try then playing the racism card. You don’t get accidentally counted as a diversity hire without checking the box, and you don’t get accidentally credited with it on official school documentation without knowing.

Once again you’re peddling falsehoods. Factcheck.org reports:

What are the facts regarding Elizabeth Warren’s Native American heritage and did she use it to further her career?

No proof has emerged that confirms that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is, as she has claimed, part Native American. Likewise, no proof has surfaced that Warren was previously hired as a professor by any university based on her alleged heritage.

Initially, Warren said that she was unaware that Harvard had been claiming her as a minority faculty member. Though she later acknowledged in a statement to the Globe that she had told colleagues at Harvard and Penn that she considered herself Native American, but that she revealed that “at some point after I was hired by them.”

That explanation came after the Globe said it had obtained records showing that Harvard “began reporting a Native American female professor in federal statistics for the 1992-93 school year, the first year Warren worked at Harvard, as a visiting professor.”

Even so, the Globe, in a separate, lengthy article about Warren’s rise in academia, said that it interviewed “a wide range of professors and administrators who recruited or worked with Warren” who all “said her ethnic background played no role in her hiring.”

Those interviewed included Stephen B. Burbank, a Penn Law School professor who recommended hiring Warren, Hank Gutman, the chair of the school’s appointments committee at the time Warren was recruited, and Robert H. Mundheim, the dean who hired Warren at Penn.

All three men said they were unaware that Warren, a nationally recognized scholar in bankruptcy and commercial law, claimed to be part American Indian.

Charles Fried, a former U.S. solicitor general under President Ronald Reagan, also vouched for Warren. Fried, a Harvard Law School professor who was on the appointments committee that recommended hiring Warren in 1995, told the Herald that Warren’s heritage never came up during the hiring process there.

“It simply played no role in the appointments process. It was not mentioned and I didn’t mention it to the faculty,” he was quoted saying.

In a 2012 statement released through Harvard, Fried added: “Elizabeth Warren was recruited (she did not apply — one does not apply for these positions) to be a tenured professor at Harvard because she was preeminent in the fields of bankruptcy and commercial law, two fields in which we had strong teaching needs.”

Maybe you should spend some time sharpening your razor.


Thank You Thank You. for posting this. If people understand this issue then the walls of white supremacy start to wobble. If it is over turned, the walls will start to fall down. This is my dream, my hope.


Thank you for setting the record straight, it was/is a lot of work, this fighting against a Troll such as I believe occam to be.


I share in the gratitude to @Ditton for giving us the reference point of this awful decision. I’ve found the actual decision,


and a summary presentation that may be more reliable than Wikipedia:


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To overturn a hundred-year-old SCOTUS ruling will take a new lawsuit. That’s not for Sen. Warren to do, but we might watch for an appropriate problem.

There’s also the whole business, brushed by Warren, of registered tribes and registered members. This should be a matter only of legal and business dealings with the tribes per se. Here in NJ we have many tribes so scattered or so neglected that they haven’t been recognized and have no legal recourse as groups.

And I carry direct guilt over the treatment of Native Americans. A couple of years ago, on the 4th of July, my cousin told us she was reading the will of our distant great-grandfather, who had arrived from England on the actual Mayflower. Yep, way cool. He was 12, and because his parents did not survive the first winter, was raised by his uncle, the colony’s doctor. But then I looked at the will Sara had been reading. Among the goods and chattel he left to his first-born son (his second child, the first being our ancestor, a daughter) was “an Indian named Joel.” My heart broke. But now that knowledge drives me to do whatever I can to make amends for the damage done by so many of our White ancestors, and by our neighbors today.

I agree. One of the most intrusive exercises of Congressional plenary power has been in education; even though Native American dropout and failure rates are higher than for other minority groups, there still is no conversation about total indigenous sovereignty over how their children are schooled. This is a massive intrusion and a dark reminder of the colonialist mindset that has oppressed indigenous peoples on the North American continent.


This ties into another of those Myths of the lands that the European Settlers Colonized where new nations formed , one the Setllers told themselves and one which became a basis of their collective myths.We see this process at work today and it was one that dates back far into history.

The Myth is that freedom loving people built great nations through hard work. It was not so much the hard work that allowed them to prosper. It was the massive theft of lands and resources and then monetizing the same through this thing called “Capitalism”… Your article points out how 90 percent of lands agreed to by the Governmnet of the USA as belong to the Native tribes was stolen outright and settled by peoples from Europe who called it “theirs my right” and proclaimed ownership over the same.

I am not suggesting those Settlers did not work hard. I know how hard my grandparents worked. I am saying that this just another myth that the Capitalist system promotes, that being one can work hard and prosper.


My family has been here since 1657 so I too carry guilt. Because my Great-Grand Father was legal council for Lone Wolf my fight for turning over the case is my way of fighting the guilt. I hope you can find a way, a purposeful way of easing it.


No other group in America has been discriminated against more than Native Americans. It has to stop. We will never undo the damage done or heal the wounds but we could at least try and say we are sorry and ask for some sort of forgiveness.


What makes you think that? Wiki’s references and notes are fairly extensive. Also included near the end is its external link to the original text related to their article. Be that as it may, the fact is whites stole the land and lives of the First Nations and their descendants continue to benefit from this theft. Nothing short of a socialist system and return of the land to remaining tribes will even begin to atone this wrong.

This following from Real News is a lesson for all who claim left allegiance:

Another link:

Agree completely and am always glad to read your posts and your obvious commitment to seeing justice served.

I think it was an amazing speech. But one thing to think about is that Native Americans probably need better housing and things related to material survival before they need access to banks. Banks mean loans which mean bondage, and decent housing, education and infrastructure should be prioritized.