Cherokee Nation Balks at Liz Warren’s DNA Test: She’s ‘Undermining Tribal Interests’

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The Cherokee nation had a strongly-worded response to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test, used to determine whether her ancestry was part of that tribe.

As IJR previously reported, Warren released her DNA test results regarding her controversial claim that she was Native American, something she indicated in legal directories before applying to Harvard.

While Warren did have some ancestry, it was fairly remote. “The generational range based on the ancestor that the report identified suggests she’s between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American,” the Boston Globe reported.

When the Cherokee nation responded, it seemed insulted:

“Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage,” the group said.

It suggested that the DNA test made a “mockery” out of legitimate uses of DNA testing and was an ineffective way to determine Cherokee tribe membership.

“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship,” the nation’s Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin JR. said. “Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America.”

He added:

“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. 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.”

Amid the DNA test, some also questioned whether Trump would pay $1 million to her favorite charity, something he previously indicated he would do.

“I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian,” he said.

When he responded on Monday, he denied pledging to give her money.


On Twitter, some ridiculed the incident:

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro suggested it was ridiculous to make such a big deal out of the DNA test given that Warren’s ancestry was so remote.

Correction [9/16/18, 10:50 a.m. ET]: Previously, this story inaccurately stated Senator Warren had listed her Native American heritage on her application to Harvard University; however, there is no proof she did, according to the Washington Post. We have corrected the error.

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All I can do is laugh. Now, go away Miss Piggy.

Robert Aldrich

She actually put her claim on her Harvard application? Disgusting!


Not only has she NEVER supported Native American issues, she was actually chased off the stage at a recent rally for failing to mention Native Americans while listing the “oppressed peoples”.





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