Here's how people reacted to Elizabeth Warren's speech

Sen. Elizabeth Warren D-Mass. waits to speak during a meeting of the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington

In the D.C. address, Warren accused Trump of engaging in the "disrespect of Native people" by using the term - while doubling down on her past claims of American Indian ancestry that earned her the moniker in the first place.

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.

Warren said the story her parents lived "will always be a part of me. It started long before President Washington ever took office", she said. Many have applauded her strategic retelling of Pocahontas' story as a clever means of taking a preemptive strike against President Trump, who has repeatedly invoked the name of the Native American historical figure in poking fun at Warren.

There have been many rumors swirling about the possibility of Warren running for president in 2020, but none have been confirmed.

"I get why some people think there's hay to be made here", Warren said.

At Wednesday's speech, Warren acknowledged that she isn't enrolled in a tribe and that her family isn't included in tribe rolls. During her 2012 Senate run, it was revealed that Warren once claimed that her family had Cherokee blood. "But now we have a president who can't make it through a ceremony honoring Native American war heroes without reducing Native history, Native culture, Native people to the butt of a joke". During her speech, Warren sought to debunk the "Pocahontas myth" - the "fairy tale" story about the purported Jamestown romance between the Indian chief's daughter and the Englishman John Smith. She went on to detail the real story of Pocahontas and how the narrative has been taken away from the Native American community and twisted by more powerful people.

"I'm here today to make a promise", Warren said.

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Some Native American groups and individuals have also criticized her for claiming to have the heritage.

The Senator added that she had never used her family tree to "get a break or get ahead", and denied ever using it to advance her career.

National Review has documented how Warren, who has not offered proof of her alleged Cherokee ancestry, listed herself as a minority to receive preferential hiring at Harvard Law School. "Warren addressed the world, and we are deeply honored by the courage she showed today", said NCAI president Jefferson Keel.

Warren belongs in the same basket of racist deplorables as Trump, and she should shut her trap. "We appreciate her candor, humility and honesty, and look forward to working with her as a champion for Indian Country".

Trump's Pochantas attack gave Warren the opening to talk about her own family and upbringing.

Warren also staunchly criticized the USA federal government's historical mistreatment of Native communities and challenged the nation to address the myriad of issues facing those same communities today.

"For far too long, your story has been pushed aside, to be trotted out only in cartoons and commercials".

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