Elizabeth Warren hit with Cherokee backlash over DNA test

Sen. Elizabeth Warren trumpeted Monday DNA test results showing she has a smidgen of Native American blood, although no more than the average U.S. white person, even as Cherokees accused her of dishonoring them with her dubious claims of tribal ancestry.

Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said the Massachusetts Democrat was “undermining” Native Americans with her attempt to prove her tribal heritage using genetic testing, calling it “inappropriate and wrong.”

“Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong,” said Mr. Hoskin in a statement. “It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven.”

Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage,” he concluded.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Stan Lee says:

    Warren may have had no inkling of what the DNA test was to report. She may have thought she had Cherokee blood in her bloodstream, based upon what she claimed about her mother. And, she has been politically inclined, which would have prompted her to take liberties about the bloodline, especially if the bloodline would have enabled her with a Harvard education. Up to that point, she was busy with advancing herself politically. She may never have known just what percentage of her blood samples would reveal only 1/152 which would not qualify her to be recognized by the Council of the Cherokee Nation, which requires a person to have minimum 1/16 Cherokee blood. She was right about her blood line, but only to a very minor degree. High cheekbones? Obviously not as meaningful as she contended. One of my neighbors is a real blonde-haired woman, blue eyed and high cheekbones, she emigrated to the USA in 1991 from Russia. She advises me that all of her siblings have “high cheekbones” from the mother who had them from her mother. Elizabeth Warren was admitted to Harvard as a student, based upon the U.S. government’s standards for “minorities”…members of a native American tribe. That rule would have disqualified Warren’s scholarship advancement to Harvard, which probably knew nothing of native American blood report requirements. But, secondary education centers are so inured to federal money to pay scholarships that most of the schools, even Harvard, require much less proof of heritage than we know.

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