Cherokee Nation Doubles Down on Slamming Warren for DNA Test Distraction: Do Something ‘Useful’ Instead

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The Cherokee Nation is continuing to speak out against the controversy surrounding Senator Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test.

Monday, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. released a statement slamming the test results. He claimed that the results were vague at best and he criticized Warren for her using them to prove a point, describing her actions as an insult to the American Indian tribe.

“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 Hoskin in a statement.

Hoskin spoke to CNN’s Jake Tapper about the statement and doubled down on his comments.


Hoskin stated that both Warren and Trump are at fault for making her ancestry such a huge issue, and asked the nation’s leaders to get back to worrying about real issues.

“What she’s doing is a response to what the President of the United States has said, and in Indian country we’re looking at Washington, D.C., and what we want is help, and we want leadership, it’s not helpful to Indian country for this kind of debate to go back and forth. We have a lot of issues. We would rather the President of the United States and Senator Warren focus in on things that affect us: housing, health care, clean air, clean water … We don’t think it’s useful to have them in a back and forth about DNA test, name-calling and that sort of thing.”

Many are saying that Warren releasing documents proves she is gearing up to run in 2020, but no official announcements have been made.

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Chantal L Wehrer

This isn’t anything that needs to be debated, its science. If the facts show she has native American DNA she has it, to what degree is irrelevant, it’s a wrap. She proved her statements were accurate. Regardless of the outcome of the DNA testing, Trump needs to clean up his act. He proclaims to be a highly educated, member of a good family, with an extremely high IQ, that he is a law-abiding, functioning adult and who accepted the job as this countries leader then, he needs to start acting like it. He needs to stop calling people names, stop… Read more »

Gary Millsaps

You are getting down to the Bill Clinton level of trying to figure out what the definition of the word is is!! That “Native American DNA” wasn’t compared to any indigenous Indian tribes of the US. It was matched to Hispanic DNA markers in it’s place. So there could be someone in her lineage [most likely] from south of the Rio Grand. But thanks for playing…………


Problem is the DNA noted is central American and not native.


Warren is genetically as Native American as I am Hotentot. Surely some quackery DNA test could probably detect some African heritage in my DNA and it makes no difference to me one way or another, but to claim some genuine link based on such a trace of racial origin is, frankly, insulting, particularly to Native Americans. Warren has shown, yet, again, just how pathetic her motivations are.


FB, I agree.
Genetics may describe one’s heredity, but have no influence on cultural identity. As Americans we all more or less share a cultural identity. No DNA required.

I agree. Warren has NEVER done a thing to benefit “her tribe” nor participated in any cultural activities, been enrolled in or recognized by the tribe. Contributing dubious recipes to a cookbook doesn’t count (e.g. one recipe she submitted was a spicy crab omelette, because the Cherokees were big on seafood and raising chickens. Not.)

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