Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday made a surprise appearance at the National Congress of American Indians, delivering a speech about issues facing Native Americans and defending herself from the “Pocahontas” slurred repeatedly lobbed at her by President Trump.
The senator, who claims partial Native American heritage, explained her family’s background in the speech, saying that her mother’s family was part Native American, and that she eloped with Warren’s father because his family did not approve of their relationship.
“I get why some people think there’s hay to be made here,” Warren said, according to a transcript of the speech published by The Boston Globe. “You won’t find my family members on any rolls, and I’m not enrolled in a tribe.”