Reportedly planning to make her presidential bid official this month, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has apologized to the Cherokee Nation for publicizing a DNA test that shows she has distant Native American ancestors, tribal officials confirmed to the Tulsa World.
Elizabeth Warren has a DNA problem, the problem is that she is not Indian though she claimed ancestry for financial gain and advantage. She claimed to be of American Indian descent, Cherokee to be specific, and was able to obtain a sweet gig at Harvard pilfering money earmarked to go to someone who was an actual minority. The charade came to a stunning conclusion last year when she attempted to prove her biological link through a DNA test that actually showed the opposite to be true.
Well, here we are a year later, and Warren has come to the Cherokee nation begging for their forgiveness. Why? Because she wants to run for president in 2020 and can’t do that with the Indian still fuming over her mockery of their race and culture with her grandstanding and phony DNA fiasco.
‘We are encouraged by her action’: Sen. Elizabeth Warren apologizes to Cherokee Nation, tribal officials confirm
FROM TULSA WORLD: The Massachusetts Democrat, who was raised in Oklahoma, had a “brief and private” phone conversation Thursday with Principal Chief Bill John Baker, according to a spokeswoman for the tribe.
“We are encouraged by this dialogue and understanding that being a Cherokee Nation tribal citizen is rooted in centuries of culture and laws, not through DNA tests,” said Julie Hubbard, the tribe’s executive director of communications. “We are encouraged by her action and hope that the slurs and mockery of tribal citizens and Indian history and heritage will now come to an end.”
Critics have accused the Massachusetts Democrat, who was raised in Oklahoma, of advancing her career by claiming Cherokee heritage. And President Donald Trump has repeatedly mocked his potential 2020 challenger by calling her “Pocahontas,” going so far as to offer $1 million to a charity of her choice if she took a DNA test that proved her claim.
Partly in response to that challenge, Warren took a DNA test and released the results in October, showing that she does appear to have a Native American ancestor in the distant past. Experts determined that the ancestor came “in the range of six to 10 generations ago,” according to the DNA report.
The Cherokee Nation described Warren’s DNA test at the time as “inappropriate and wrong.”
“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,” Cherokee Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said last year. “Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”
Hoskins reiterated the tribe’s objections this week by writing an opinion column for the Tulsa World, comparing Warren’s claim of Native ancestry to a family friend who oversteps boundaries by claiming to be an actual member of the family.
“We know that many people across the nation have treasured family stories about having Native lineage,” Hoskins wrote. “There is nothing wrong with being proud of that. However, every day, people make claims of Native heritage and Cherokee ancestry across the country to take advantage of laws intended to level the playing field for Indian Country.”
Each tribe establishes its own criteria for citizenship, Hoskins noted. The Cherokee Nation, the largest tribe in the country, with more than 370,000 citizens, requires that a citizen be a direct descendant of someone listed on the Dawes Rolls, a sort of census taken of the Cherokee Nation between 1899 and 1906.
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