2020 Democratic presidential candidate and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has been offered membership to a Native American tribe, the Washington Free Beacon reports. The only caveat: the tribe is unrecognized.
The Una Nation — an unrecognized Native American tribe that was widely rejected by other tribes for failing to meet bloodline heritage standards and describes themselves on their homepage as an “all Mixed-Blood Native Americans” — has offered Warren the chance to join their ranks. “King” Richard B. Lake III of the Una Nation, told the Eugene, Oregon local CBS outlet KVAL 13 of their invitation to the Massachusetts senator:
“We’re granting her, as a gift, enrollment in the Una Nation. When she’s asked next if she’s a member of a tribe, hopefully, she’ll be able to say proudly, ‘I am a member of the Una Nation who accept me for who I am.’”
Enrollment in the Una Nation — which was founded in 2009 in Oregon — only requires that the applicant have, at the minimum, one Native American or indigenous ancestor to be eligible.
Warren, whose Native American heritage claims have drawn criticism in the past, was lambasted last year by both sides of the aisle for her infamous DNA test, where she tried to stick it to President Donald Trump by proving she was of Cherokee descent.
The test results came back saying that Warren was between 1/64th and 1/1024 Native American, with the Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck slamming the senator, saying, “Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong.”
He continued on to say:
“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.”
Warren — who Trump frequently refers to as “Pocahontas” — is one of many Democratic senators running in the 2020 presidential election. She faces a large primary with other high-profile candidates such as Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).