A 1984 document obtained by The Washington Post revealed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) identified her race as “American Indian” on her State Bar of Texas registration card. Warren claimed she had ties to the Native Americans on multiple occasions.
President Trump has referred to Warren as Pocahontas throughout his presidency. Moreover, Trump said he would pledge $1 million to the senator’s favorite charity if the DNA tests proved her alleged heritage.
Warren took the test at the end of 2018. The test results traced her Native American blood six to ten generations back, according to the Boston Globe. The results showed that Warren may only be 1/1024 Native American Indian. Warren’s elation with the news was quickly criticized. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. lambasted Warren in an op-ed for the Tulsa World.
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Send them your $1M check, @realDonaldTrump.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) October 15, 2018
“These events — and disparaging statements made by elected leaders and political pundits in response — may cause some to question the value of tribal citizenship.” said the Cherokee leader.
“When someone boasts they are Native American due to the results of a DNA test, it perpetuates the general public’s misunderstanding about what it means to be a tribal citizen,” the leader criticized the use of the DNA results as a means to getting ahead with no regard for community ties.
Warren later apologized to the Cherokee nation telling the Washington Post, “I can’t go back. But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted.”