Warren expresses support for Indigenous Peoples' Day

Warren expresses support for Indigenous Peoples' Day
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPress: Susan Rice would be ready to step in as POTUS Pentagon charts its own course on COVID-19, risking Trump's ire Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden MORE (D-Mass.) expressed support for Indigenous Peoples' Day, which is celebrated by many in lieu of Columbus Day to recognize the accomplishments of Native Americans. 

"The story of America’s mistreatment of indigenous peoples is long and painful. And yet, Native communities have proven resilient. We owe them our respect — and we must honor our government's commitments and promises to them," the 2020 Democratic hopeful tweeted Monday.

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"We must fulfill our trust and treaty obligations to Tribal Nations. We must protect Tribal sovereignty and self-determination," she added. "And we have to go even further to empower indigenous peoples to build stronger communities and a brighter future."

Warren also promoted a previously released plan that aims to promote improved economic opportunity, housing and health care for Native communities. 

 

Warren in the past sparked controversy after she said she had Native American ancestry. Last year, she revealed that a DNA test showed "strong evidence" of the ancestry, prompting criticism from some Native American groups. She has since apologized.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally MORE has repeatedly gone after the top-tier 2020 candidate, calling her "Pocahontas."

The second Monday of October, which is federally recognized as Columbus Day, is recognized as Indigenous Peoples' Day in many cities and states, including Washington, D.C.

Fellow 2020 Democratic candidates Julián Castro and Steve BullockSteve BullockThe 10 Senate seats most likely to flip OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Coal company sues EPA over power plant pollution regulation | Automakers fight effort to freeze fuel efficiency standards | EPA watchdog may probe agency's response to California water issues Bullock outraises Daines in Montana Senate race MORE also expressed support for Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday. 

Warren is one of the top contenders in the crowded Democratic primary field and will appear in Tuesday night's debate.