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Sen. Warren addresses Native American controversy in book

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) is speaking about her Native American identity controversy for the first time since the 2012 campaign.

Warren, who was born and raised in Oklahoma, identified herself as Native American and, more specifically, as Cherokee during her law school career. Her campaign opponent, former Sen. Scott Brown (R), ridiculed her repeatedly for claiming to be a part of a minority group.

“He attacked my dead parents,” Warren writes in her forthcoming book, A Fighting Chance, according to Politico. “I was hurt, and I was angry.”

According to Politico, Warren devotes an entire section of the book to the issue. It's not clear if she presents any proof of her "Native American" heritage although it appears she took strains not to use the word "Cherokee."

“Everyone on our mother’s side — aunts, uncles, and grandparents — talked openly about their Native American ancestry,” Warren writes, according to Politico. “My brothers and I grew up on stories about our grandfather building one-room schoolhouses and about our grandparents’ courtship and their early lives together in Indian Territory.”

Brown is now running for the Senate seat in New Hampshire.

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