Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Chief spreading bull: Cherokee Nation rejects Elizabeth Warren’s DNA results

Chief spreading bull: Cherokee Nation rejects Elizabeth Warren’s DNA results

President Trump unloaded on firebrand Senator and potential 2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren Tuesday morning; blasting the liberal legislator after a DNA test showed she may be 1/1024 Native American. "I don't think she's particularly helpful for going back and saying, look, very my DNA results, see what they show".

While experts and pundits will argue over how much or little being 1/32nd Native American or 1/512th Native American is, it is worth noting the timing. But she appeared to concede a main line of criticism from Native American leaders - that sovereign tribal groups determine citizenship and cultural lineage, not DNA tests such as the one she took.

But Warren also said she didn't approve the school using her background to talk about minority status and that she didn't remember talking about her heritage with the school, especially during the hiring process.

Warren's disclosure was met with a scoff by Trump, who succinctly said "who cares?" when asked about the results by reporters. "She was not looking to prove that she wanted to be part of the tribe". The results suggest that Warren is between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American.

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Warren went on to lambast everything from Trump's business record to his refusal to release his tax returns to his economic policies to his administration's multitude of scandals to the inconsistencies between his rhetoric and actual actions when it comes to law enforcement, veterans, and patriotism. "Flashbacks" revealed Warren claiming direct knowledge of a Cherokee ancestor (and alleging that her family experienced racism as a result), and the official Cherokee Nation issued a stinging rebuke against the MA senator Monday night, reminding her that the Nation has strict guidelines for membership, which she does not meet. "I respect the distinction, & don't list myself as Native in the Senate", she said.

A CBC News investigation this year revealed one company's dubious DNA tests for Indigenous identity.

Harvard did not call Warren "a person of color" and hire her to to teach law because of her Native ancestry.

Yesterday Warren released an entire campaign in an attempt to refute claims she faked her heritage to get ahead in her career.

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In a Boston Globe poll taken in the thick of the weeks-long story, most voters said the controversy wouldn't affect their vote.

"I'll only do it if I can test her personally".

President Obama's 2012 presidential campaign manager doesn't like the optics.

Trump said on Monday, while touring damage of Hurricane Michael in Florida, that the promise was contingent on her winning the 2020 Democratic primary and debating him during the campaign, and that he would only pay up if he could test her DNA "personally".

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