Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren may have had 2020 ambitions last week, but after she took and revealed the contents of a DNA test, her likelihood is about 1/1024.
Warren, for decades, has flaunted Native American ancestry. She identified herself as Native American on legal documents and some people suspect that she was given an advantageous look because of the status.
Her facade came toppling down once a DNA test last week said she might have one member of her family which could be Native American (or from Central and South America) from 6 to 10 generations back.
Then, actual Native American people said she should apologize for her continued claim of her ancestry.
On Friday, Warren finally admitted to not belonging in any Native American tribe, a short cry from an apology, but at least she is coming to grips with her new reality.
“I am not a citizen of any tribal nation,” Warren said during a debate on CBS Boston. “Only tribes determine tribal citizenship, it’s not done by DNA.”
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From Washington Examiner:
Warren has taken heat from both Republicans and Democrats for taking a DNA test that showed she may only be 1/1024th Native American, and then saying that test showed she’s right to claim that heritage. Democrats grumbled that her announcement was a distraction, and even Native Americans argued that she was undermining them by staking a claim to their heritage.
But Warren said in the debate that she never claimed that heritage in order to advance her career.
“The Boston Globe has done an extensive analysis and come up with the fact that nothing in my background ever made any difference in my hiring,” she said.
Shortly after the results of the DNA test were revealed, Warren flaunted the results…
“The first Native American in our family that can be proved is generations back, and the geneticist says there could be others,” Warren said in an email she sent out to supporters on Monday morning, as Washington Examiner reports. “No matter. It’s my family, and – like it or not Donald Trump – my family’s stories are supported by this test.”
… but the Cherokee Nation and an actual descendant of Pocahontas said the DNA test was at least enough to prove she is not, at all, Native American.
“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America.” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation.
“Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong,” Hoskin continued. “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.”
And, “Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”
TownHall reports Debbie White Dove Porreco, an actual descendant of the real Pocahontas, called for Warren to apologize:
Appearing on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Debbie White Dove Porreco said she was glad the Massachusetts Democrat finally took the DNA test, which she urged her to do back in May.
“It did prove that she wasn’t the Cherokee Indian that she was claiming to be for so long,” Porreco said on the program Tuesday. “I think she’s guilty of claiming she’s an American Indian but has no proof — and then [is] using it for applications for college and for political reasons.”
“She needs to… apologize to everybody for what she has done,” Porreco said.
WATCH (or view the clip here):
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