Chief spreading bull: Cherokee Nation rejects Elizabeth Warren’s DNA results


The six-page genetic data report, which was released on Sunday, is dated October 10. She's getting some backlash from Native Americans and grumbling from Democrats who'd rather be talking about toppling Congress' Republican majorities in the midterm elections three weeks away.

A sharp critic of Trump, Warren wasted little time going after him on Monday.

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Warren has been hotly tipped to challenge Trump for the presidency in 2020, with the progressive senator running on a platform of single-payer Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, and strict gun control. "I respect the distinction, & don't list myself as Native in the Senate", she said.

Later Monday, Trump said he did not owe Warren the money, saying that was contingent on her winning the nomination.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) joked on Tuesday morning that his ancestry would show that he was Iranian if he took a DNA test, adding that it would "be, like, terrible".

The Bureau of Indian Affairs discourages the use of DNA tests in trying to prove ancestry from a specific federally recognized tribe - something Warren said she was not attempting to do. "I wish I had been clearer about that - been more mindful, is the word".

One thing is for sure: If Warren wins the Democratic nomination, Trump will be calling her "Pocahontas" right up to Election Day 2020.

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren took the rare step Monday of releasing DNA test results examining her possible Native American ancestry, in apparent response to persistent criticism from President Trump and other Republicans. Hoskin accused Warren of "undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage".

Unlike other states where some tribes live on separate, remote reservations, Oklahoma is a checkerboard of land where tribal members lived in the same communities with whites and intermarried over the generations, creating families with varying fractions of Native American heritage. "I've been told my grandmother may be part Cherokee Indian".

"So I guess she really is Native American after all".

"I'm deeply uncomfortable with what Elizabeth Warren has done here".

Warren has been attacked on the issue much more aggressively by the third candidate on the ballot, independent Shiva Ayyadurai of Belmont, whose main campaign slogan is "Only a real Indian can defeat a fake Indian". Warren's supporters were thrilled in 2016 when, despite her courtly professorial demeanor, she sounded willing to give as good as she got in her back-and-forth with Trump's smash mouth approach to politics.

President Donald Trump said when a reporter asked him about the results of Warren's DNA test. "This was just another part of it". A 1997 Fordham Law Review piece had described hiring Warren as Harvard Law School's "first woman of color".

Democrats, meanwhile, were irked over her decision to signal her 2020 presidential intentions just three weeks before the critical November 6 midterms, faulting her for shifting the focus away from the candidates while providing political cannon fodder for Republicans.

"To make up for the dearth of Native American DNA, Bustamante used samples from Mexico, Peru, and Colombia to stand in for Native American".