The card was discovered by the Washington Post.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) apologized for identifying as a Native American for almost two decades after a new report revealed that she had inscribed "American Indian" on a hand-written registration card filed in 1986 with the Texas bar.
The test showed that Warren has an Indigenous segment in her DNA, but her ancestry may stretch back as far as 10 generations. Moreover, Trump said he would pledge $1 million to the senator's favorite charity if the DNA tests proved her alleged heritage. The newspaper reported its existence late Tuesday and said Warren's office didn't dispute its authenticity. The Texas bar registration card is significant, among other reasons, because it removes any doubt Warren directly claimed the identity. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. lambasted Warren in an op-ed for the Tulsa World.
"These events - and disparaging statements made by elected leaders and political pundits in response - may cause some to question the value of tribal citizenship." said the Cherokee leader.
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"I'm not a tribal citizen and I respect the difference", the Massachusetts Democrat told CNN in the Capitol on Monday.
Napolitano said that Warren's note of ethnicity on the '86 registration form is "irrelevant" and said that no one could present a charge of fraud against her. "I am not a member of a tribe, and I have apologized for not being more sensitive to that distinction", she added. "We are encouraged by her action and hope that the slurs and mockery of tribal citizens and Indian history and heritage will now come to an end". "She is sorry that she was not more mindful of this earlier in her career", Warren spokeswoman Kristen Ortham wrote in an e-mail to ABC News.
"Nothing about my background ever had anything to do with any job I got in any place", she said. But she has a lot of other issues that she cares about and has fought for for decades.
President Trump claimed in an interview with The New York Times that he set Warren the "Pocahontas trap" over the Native American ancestry issue. Warren's critics have said that gave her an unfair advantage and fueled her meteoric rise in the world of legal academia, but an exhaustive review by The Boston Globe determined that wasn't the case.