Warren unveils Native American policy plan

Warren unveils Native American policy plan
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Presidential contender Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Buttigieg calls Warren 'evasive' on Medicare for all Sanders hits 1 million donors MORE (D-Mass.) unveiled a number of policy proposals on Friday aimed at benefitting the Native American community.

The unveiling comes just days before she is set to address Native American advocacy groups in Iowa. Warren's previous identification as having Native American ancestry had come under intense scrutiny, though she did not address the controversy in her proposal.

The plan unveiled on Friday, which was first posted by Warren's campaign on Medium, calls for criminal justice reform on tribal lands, and specifically calls on the Department of Justice "to investigate the epidemic of sexual assaults and murders committed against Native women and prosecute offenders."

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Warren also proposed setting up a system comparable to the Amber Alert system for when children go missing, which would send notifications out for Native Americans.

The senator's plan also seeks to improve the financial and physical infrastructure of Native American communities, including by legalizing marijuana on tribal property and improving access to electricity and clean drinking water. 

Warren's intended legislation was drafted with one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress last year, Rep. Deb HaalandDebra HaalandOvernight Energy: Trump tweets he's revoking California's tailpipe waiver | Move comes as Trump visits state | California prepares for court fight | Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges lawmakers to listen to scientists Coalition of farmers and ranchers endorses Green New Deal Lawmakers beat reporters in annual spelling bee competition MORE (D-N.M.).

Warren said the bill, dubbed Honoring Promises to Native Nations Act, will head to the floor after tribal leaders and Native American communities are able to offer their own input about the proposed legislation. 

Warren stirred controversy after having previously said she had Native American ancestry, though media reports have shown it had no role in her advancement through her academic career.

She has since apologized repeatedly for the confusion caused when she publicly identified herself as Native American.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE has taken aim at the incident, referring to Warren multiple times as "Pocahontas." 

Warren's plan comes before she's slated to attend the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum, hosted by Native American advocacy group Four Directions, in Sioux City, Iowa, next week.