Elizabeth Warren’s campaign is soaring: She is rising in the polls, her fundraising is on fire and her seemingly endless ideas are helping to define the Democratic race for the White House.
And then there is the issue of her ancestry — her past disputed claims to Native American heritage.
The Massachusetts senator has struggled with the subject for years, and last fall, it appeared to threaten to blow up her presidential campaign before it had even begun. Her campaign released the results of a DNA test that showed distant Native ancestry, drawing fierce criticism from many, including some tribal groups. Warren apologized in both public and private.
Warren’s efforts to make amends and rebuild her relationships with the Native American community in the months since have gone far beyond those apologies, according to CNN’s interviews with almost a dozen people. They have included private meetings with tribal leaders, seeking counsel from Native Americans friends, and, on Friday, the release of a set of ambitious policy plans aimed at helping Native people.