In its reporting of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) Native American ancestry, the Boston Globe had to correct the math regarding the percentage of her ancestry range twice, with each time making the potential number smaller.
Due to a math error, a story about Elizabeth Warren misstated the ancestry percentage of a potential 10th generational relative. It should be 1/1,024.
Later during the day, the Globe issued a second correction on the range.
“Due to a math error, a story about Elizabeth Warren misstated the ancestry percentage of a potential 6th to 10th generation relative,” the Globe wrote. “The generational range based on the ancestor that the report identified suggests she’s between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American.”
The highest percentage would leave her with being 1.56 percent Native American and the lowest being 0.09 percent.
Warren's DNA Test Results
•Genome is more than 95% European
•Native American ancestor appears “in the range of six to 10 generations ago”
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— Fox News Research (@FoxNewsResearch) October 15, 2018
Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor, conducted the analysis of Warren’s heritage and “used samples from Mexico, Peru, and Colombia to stand in for Native American” to “make up for the dearth of Native American DNA.”
Despite the low numbers, Warren remained committed to showing she was right in being identified as a Native American during her teaching days:
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) October 15, 2018
“I never expected my family’s story to be used as a racist political joke, but I don’t take any fight lying down,” she said. “I want you to have the power to fight lies with the truth, so here’s a new site for you to review every document for yourself.”