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Congresswoman Apologizes For Indian Whooping Caricature

Damian Dovarganes / AP

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez, middle, greets supporters at the California Democrats State Convention in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

Damian Dovarganes / AP

(AP) - U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez has apologized after a videotape surfaced showing her making a whooping cry in reference to Native Americans during an apparent joke.

Speaking to delegates at a state Democratic convention Sunday, the 10-term congresswoman said she said something offensive "and for that I sincerely apologize."

The video, which was shared on social media, shows Sanchez tapping her hand over her open mouth and making a whooping sound while speaking to a group of delegates Saturday.

Her chief rival in the Senate race, Attorney General Kamala Harris, called the gesture shocking.

Sanchez says everyone makes mistakes and defended her record on civil rights, human rights and Native American rights.