Senator Warren: DNA test shows I have Native American heritage

Saul Bowman
October 20, 2018

Warren immediately backtracked from statements earlier today in which she said that a "famous geneticist analyzed my DNA and concluded that it contains Native American ancestry"; now she states that "DNA & family history has nothing to do with tribal affiliation or citizenship, which is determined only - only - by Tribal Nations". At the same time, the report could embolden critics by showing only trace amounts of that heritage - which Republicans have charged she used to advance her career at Harvard.

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. "Let them have their story".

I guess Warren felt that her - as the left would describe it - "white privilege" was not enough to help advance up the academic ranks fast enough. "And Trump can say whatever he wants about me, but mocking Native Americans or any group in order to try to get at me?" It's illogical to suggest that these claims were the reason she was able to climb to the pinnacle of American public life, but they do come off as a little weird, worthy of further inspection and kitchen-table conversation. Not only that, she claimed repeatedly that her mother's Native American ancestry drove her parents to elope after her father's family refused to welcome her mother with open arms thanks to their bigotry. Warren had not merely delegitimised the use of DNA tests but dishonoured "legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven".

"Pocahontas (the bad version), sometimes referred to as Elizabeth Warren, is getting slammed", he wrote.

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

That same study also found that the average self-identified black person in America is approximately 80% African and 20% white of European ancestry. "She was not looking to prove that she wanted to be part of the tribe", said Goldberg.


Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. also mentioned in a statement that DNA tests can not give evidence to lay claim to a certain tribe. "I hate that she took the DNA test because he taunted her, because he called her Pocahontas", said Hostin.

She also said she took the test and released the results because she has nothing to hide, calling out Trump for hiding his tax returns.

"He's trying to do what he always does to women who scare him: call us names, attack us personally, shrink us down to feel better about himself", Warren said on Twitter. They'll cover for Arizona Senate candidate Rep. Kyrsten Sinema saying that she didn't care if Americans joined the Taliban (CNN's headline: "Kyrsten Sinema's Anti-War Activist Past Under Scrutiny as She Runs for Senate"). She insists that she never benefited from it, and that she did it in hopes of networking with others who have Native American roots.

Earlier this year, the senator released personnel files seeking to dispute critics who have alleged that the former Harvard Law School professor advanced her law career with a narrative that she is a descendant of Cherokee and DE tribes.

Native Americans across the country are criticizing Senator Elizabeth Warren's decision to use a DNA test to assert her Native American heritage.

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