Cherokee Nation: Warren's DNA Test 'Inappropriate, Wrong'

'A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2018 4:38 AM CDT
Updated Oct 16, 2018 6:05 AM CDT
Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to demonstrators as they protest against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh outside of the US Capitol, on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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(Newser) – Sen. Elizabeth Warren has released a DNA test that shows "strong evidence" of at least some Native American ancestry—but the Cherokee Nation is not impressed. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskins Jr. said in a statement Monday that a DNA test is "not evidence for tribal affiliation," Time reports. "Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong," Hoskins said. The Oklahoman calls the statement a "rare rebuke" to Warren from the tribe, whose chief, Bill Baker, is a fellow Democrat. Warren has said family lore tells of connections to the Cherokee and Delaware tribes. The test found that her DNA is mostly European, but there is evidence of a Native American ancestor six to 10 generations ago.

In a tweet Monday, Warren said she took the test because she won't "sit quietly" for the "racism" of President Trump, "but DNA & family history has nothing to do with tribal affiliation or citizenship, which is determined only – only – by Tribal Nations. I respect the distinction, & don't list myself as Native in the Senate." She went on to slam Trump in more than a dozen tweets, calling him a "cowardly elitist." She reminded Trump on Monday of his promise to pay $1 million to charity if she took a DNA test, but he made it clear he had no intention of paying up. He told reporters he would "only do it if I can test her personally," and added it "will not be something I enjoy doing, either." (Warren has said she will consider challenging Trump in 2020 after the midterm elections.)

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