Warren introduces Andrews-Maltais at national event

Wampanoag chairwoman was honored at National Indian Women’s luncheon.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, right, shown here at a 2017 town hall, introduced Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, chairwoman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) at a luncheon for Native American women in Washington Tuesday. — Left: Stacey Rupolo

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who formally announced her intention to run for president Saturday, made a surprise appearance at a national event in Washington, D.C., Tuesday where Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) chairwoman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais was honored.

Warren, who has apologized to tribes for controversies surrounding her claims of Native American heritage, introduced Andrews-Maltais, according to a report on CNN’s website. Andrews-Maltais was honored by National Indian Women’s “Supporting Each Other” luncheon, according to an invitation sent to The Times last month. Andrews-Maltais was named the organization’s “Woman of the Year” for 2019. The group has been honoring Native women leaders over the past 24 years for their leadership at the local, regional, and national level, the invitation stated.

“Whether it’s building coalitions among allies or reaching across the aisle to bridge divides, Cheryl is masterful at persuading public policy makers to do what’s right for Native communities. I’ve been grateful for her counsel as we’ve worked together to tackle issues of importance to Indian country,” Warren said in her introduction of Andrews-Maltais, according to CNN. “Congress needs that kind of counsel now more than ever. We need action.”

Andrews-Maltais was a senior advisor to the assistant secretary of Indian Affairs at the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs during the Obama administration, after she lost her tribal chairmanship to Tobias Vanderhoop. She won election as the Aquinnah tribe’s chairwoman in 2016, and has continued its pursuit of a gambling facility in Aquinnah.

CNN reported that Warren did not mention the recent controversy surrounding her, including a report last week in the Washington Post that included a signed registration card for the State Bar of Texas in 1986 where she listed “American Indian” for her race. That report has reignited the controversy, forcing her to make several public apologies.

The Huffington Post reported that Warren received a standing ovation. “She was warmly welcomed at Tuesday’s event,” the Huffington Post report stated. “She could barely make it through the crowd of about 150 people as she was trying to leave, with attendees swarming her for photos and hugs by the door.”

After praising two Native American women recently elected to Congress — Reps. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) — Warren also praised Andrews-Maltais, according to the Huffington Post report. “The agenda is enormous and the fights will be tough,” Warren said, according to the report. “In tough fights, it is important to have leaders like Cheryl out in front. Cheryl is warm, and understanding, and sharp. She’s forceful, and let’s say it — she persists.”

The National Congress of American Indians is holding its winter meetings in Washington, but Tuesday’s luncheon was not part of that event, according to the CNN report.

Andrews-Maltais was not immediately available for comment.



  1. Oh, this is just too rich. Where to even begin?

    Will Virginia Governor Ralph Northam be emcee’ing any NAACP events?

  2. It’s far more damaging to democracy that Trump pretended to be a human being to further his greed and narcissism. We should all be calling for his resignation.

  3. Elizabeth Warren should embrace her ancestry, even if it is just a small percentage of her roots.

    It speaks to the place she comes from, early Oklahoma became a melting pot of Native populations and European immigrants.

    Her early embracing of this heritage, by identifying herself on certain forms speaks more to her being proud of her heritage rather than using it to get ahead. People denigrating Ms. Warren also denigrate Native People with their sophomoric and racial insinuations and name calling.

    I will judge Ms. Warren on her political positions and past actions, which so far point to a fighter for the middle class and everyday Americans over corporate greed and wealth concentration amongst the privileged classes.

    • Whale oil– one in 32 — she is 3 % native American . 97 % chance of that– Ancestry test proved it. Your one in 1024 number has a .09 % chance that she only has that much. I understand that if you don’t like someone you will take the low road– but to assert that she is only .09% native American when there is a 3 % chance you are correct, is ludicrous.
      She has native American blood–
      trump owes her $10,000 ..
      but he owes thousands of people lots of money.. so who cares ? Right ?

      • Andrew– it’s nice that you are at least open to looking at some “science” .
        I personally think she’s 50 %.
        One thing for sure– Tesla sells more cars in it’s class than it’s 2 closest competitors.. You can assert that nobody wants them, i can assert Warren has as much native American blood as she claims..

        • Dondonodn

          if you really researched carefully you would find that Tesla cars are misclassified to make them look like luxury large when indeed they are midsize. assert all you want.

          • Andrew– right– sure– If the facts don’t fit your opinion you just assert your opinion that somehow someone somewhere changed the rules or the classification or something, and therefore you are never wrong. Interesting tactic. But just checking actual specifications of the Tesla model s and the Mercedes cls class which are both rated as a large luxury cars.
            Tesla — 196 inches
            Merc —196.7 inches
            Tesla— 77.3
            Head room
            Tesla— 38.8 inch
            Merc— 36.9
            Head room back
            Tesla— 35.3 inch
            Leg room front
            Tesla—42.7 inch
            Leg room back
            tesla—- 35.5 inch
            Cargo space
            Tesla —- 31.6 cu. ft.
            Merc—-= 11.9 cu ft.
            so what part of these specifications should make the Mercedes “large” and the Tesla “midsize”.
            Andrew– You can “assert” all you want, but I am fed up with the way the conservatives, evangelicals, trump supporters, whatever you want to call them, think they have free range to lie. I will call a lie a lie. Your “assertion” above is a lie– you know it, but can’t face the possibility of being wrong. Shame on you…

  4. I support Ms Warren’s celebration of an ancestry that informed the person that she is today, regardless of the rather minute dna contribution. But it strains credulity to believe that writing “American Indian” on a Texas State Bar form is anything but an attempt to receive beneficial treatment, whether or not it was actually received. She should have come clean from the start. She seems to be a strong representative in the Senate for Massachusetts. I would advise her to continue her work from that position. If we are going to affect a change in the White House it would be better accomplished by someone without baggage. I think that’s how we got where we are today.

    • That’s untrue,T2, about the bar registration card. There was no benefit sought or conferred. The only purpose for that information was so that Texas could compile demographic data about its bar membership.

  5. Just saying what a shame it is that this leader of theWampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) chairwoman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais was honored. This “leader” will single handily ruin the island by bringing a gambeling facility to the island.

    Time to elect a new leader.

    • I agree, the first thing I think of is “Why is she (or anyone) applauding this Indian Leader?”
      She is selling out her native land for money. When Cape Wind tried to install turbines in the OCEAN the tried objected, saying the ocean floor was an ancient burial ground. But now it’s ok to ruin the upisland landscape which actually IS sacred ground. All for the sake of a casino. Makes me sick that a very few make the rules for the other 99.9 of islanders. It’s not right and the property values up island will plummet. I don’t think it’s right and hate the idea that we are praising this women at all!

      • vh strong– hate is such a STRONG word. We know where the “so and so strong” movement came from– It started with an act of hate– please use the word carefully.

  6. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
    I could care less about Elizabeth Warrens ancestry. She has content of character that is unassailable compared to her potential rival.

    Bring it on , trumpettes…

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