At the Netroots Nation conference on Friday, a Democratic congressional candidate said that if she is to be elected, she will be the first Native American woman in Congress.
Deb Haaland spoke right before Sen. Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren (D-Mass.) who has claimed in the past to be of Native American dissent.
“Hello Netroots Nation! My name is Deb Haaland, I’m the Democratic nominee for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. If elected, I would be the first Native American woman in Congress,” Haaland said. ” I’m a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna and a 35th generation New-Mexican. I’m a single mother to my beautiful queer daughter, a water protector and I’m proud to be here.”
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“I recognize we are on indigenous land and I approach you with respect for the tribes whose homeland we stand on now, including the Chitimacha and Houma tribes.”
Warren’s claiming to have come from both Delaware Indian and Cherokee heritage have been challenged since she first made the claims without any documented proof back in 2012. The Democratic senator said she relied solely on family lore to back her ancestry claims.
“I know who I am because of what my mother and my father told me, what my grandmother and my grandfather told me, what all my aunts and uncles told me and my brothers. It’s a part of who I am, and no one’s ever going to take that away,” Warren said.
A Republican challenging Warren for her U.S. Senate seat in 2018, V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, has taken it upon himself to personally mail Sen. Warren several DNA test kits for her to prove her Native American lineage, but she has never obliged. Instead, the DNA tests are always returned to Ayyadurai, along with the full refund of $102.49 for the test, plus shipping and handling.
Ayyaduari’s latest attempt to have Sen. Warren take a DNA test came in July when he sent her another kit as a birthday present.
“I’m deeply saddened Sen. Warren refused my thoughtful (gift-wrapped) Birthday Gift: the 23 & me DNA test kit. Most unfortunate!” he tweeted on Sunday, adding the hashtag #FakeIndian.
Ayyadurai is a real Indian and as part of his ROAD WARRIOR campaign he uses the slogan, “Only a REAL INDIAN can defeat the fake Indian,” referring, of course, to Sen. Warren.
— Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai,PhD (M.I.T.) Inventor of Email (@va_shiva) July 2, 2017
President Barack Obama endorsed 81 Democratic candidates this week, one being Haaland.
Thank you so much President Obama! @BarackObama Your endorsement means to world to me. https://t.co/5JglSebglw
— Deb Haaland (@Deb4CongressNM) August 1, 2018
Haaland has spoken out several times against the immigration policies of the Trump administration, even accusing President Trump of engaging in efforts to “dehumanize and hurt immigrants — from caging small children to arresting parents outside of churches and banning people from our country based on their religion.”
A New Mexican native, she is one of several congressional candidates who have called for the abolishment of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), along side New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other leading Democrats. “I have called for abolishing ICE, because it is not living up to its mission,” she told Fox News. “The violence and terror ICE promotes must stop, and we need to hold this out-of-control agency accountable.”
President Trump has even called Warren out for her claims of being from Native American roots often referring to the senator as “Goofy Elizabeth Warren,” or “Pocahontas.”