Elizabeth Warren's DNA claim inflames some Native Americans


Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test, which she took after being egged on by President Trump, that indicated she had a Native American ancestor.

The Boston Herald reported in April 2012 that her Native American heritage was "once touted by embattled Harvard Law School officials who cited her claim as proof of their faculty's diversity".

Warren, meanwhile, also took to Twitter, saying Trump "fumbled and lied on your $1 million pledge".

Racialized people are more likely to take it all in stride: Ms. Siddiqi has a black friend whose DNA test showed fewer than 20 per cent African genes, and is now jokingly on the hunt for somebody "less black than me". Warren's 1/1054th, or whatever it is today, would certainly not allow her on the Cherokee Nation tribal rolls, which she has acknowledged.

In other words, she ain't Native American, as the term is normally understood.

For her part, even if her attempt to end the public discussion of her background has had the opposite effect, Warren is at least using the opportunity to clarify the remarks that first got her into this mess - back in law school. "Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong". Regarding a certain Democratic Massachusetts senator and Presidential aspirant, President Donald Trump called you out and you played the game-and now you lost. "I respect the distinction, & don't list myself as Native in the Senate", she said.

Hoskin said none of this helps the Cherokee Nation. But if her ancestor had been as much as 10 generations removed, that would make the individual a great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparent and render Warren only 1/1,024th Native American, according to Blaine Bettinger, a genealogist and author who specializes in DNA evidence.

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Warren has claimed her mother had enough Native American - Cherokee and DE, specifically - for her father's parents to object to their wedding. She has long claimed Native heritage - she changed her ethnicity from white to Native American during her time as a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sure, the Globe found Harvard profs to insist that her claim had nothing to do with her hiring. She added that "they feel disappointed, and at this point she [Warren] needs to come back and apologize to everybody for what she's done".

"We all know why @realDonaldTrump makes creepy physical threats about me, right?"

On Monday, Warren decided she'd had enough. She also released a campaign video relating a story about a Native American on her mother's side.

Following the announcement, prominent members of the Cherokee Nation accused Warren of trying to claim indigenous ancestry for political purposes.

What's unclear is whether Warren's DNA gambit will allow her to put the controversy in the past, or whether it endures in jokes and political lore.

Were her traditions, her values, her relationships entrenched in Native American tradition? "I'm not a citizen, never have claimed to be, and I wish I had been more mindful of that 30 years ago".

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