The sweeping overhaul outlined by Warren includes several policies that other Democrats have also advocated, including ending the death penalty, decriminalizing offenses related to addiction and homelessness and requiring the use of more body cameras by police. Warren also spells out specific breaks with the Trump administration, including a promise to end the Justice Department directive requiring federal prosecutors to seek maximum prison terms.
Manny Iron Hawk, 62, who lives on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation in South Dakota, said Warren "did excellent" in her Monday appearance and has done a good job of addressing her past mistakes.
Last week, New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland, who has endorsed Warren for president, announced the two would co-sponsor the Honoring Promises to Native Nations Act, legislation that would address funding shortfalls outlined in a December 2018 report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights titled "Broken Promises".
'It is a false choice to suggest a tradeoff between safety and mass incarceration, ' Warren wrote.
"When she got busted on it when President Trump mocked her, she said, "Oh, that's an ethnic slur: Pocahontas" - that's about as an ethnic slur as 'Fredo, ' it doesn't make any sense", Watters said.
New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland, who past year became one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress, introduced Warren on Monday after endorsing her presidential campaign last month and aligning with her for new legislation aimed at helping tribal communities. "I have listened and have learned a lot, and I am grateful for the many conversations that we've had together", she continued.
The proposal calls back on a number of past policy planks.
"A problem that is not seen", she said, "is a problem that is not fixed". The goal, she writes, is to reduce potentially unsafe interactions between the police and those in need of medical assistance. "And what I would say is, from here forward, because now we're in a presidential election, that we take Michelle Obama's advice and when, when he goes low, you go high". By keeping families in their homes and reducing childhood homelessness, Warren argues, future generations would have a clearer path to avoiding run-ins with the criminal justice system.
Warren's claimed ethnic identity has always been a source of controversy for the MA senator, since her first run for high public office in 2012, and has been a favorite line of attack from President Donald Trump.
Later in February, the registration card from 1986 was unearthed, showing Warren identifying herself as an American Indian. Warren argues that the "hierarchical process at DOJ results in relatively few and conservative clemency recommendations", and proposes creating an independent board with direct access to the White House. It is not serving the people who are in it.