Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

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

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

An American senator's release of a DNA test in defence of her claims to Indigenous ancestry has been met with backlash on social media from Indigenous academics and artists in Canada.

Warren, who appears to be preparing for a 2020 presidential campaign, responded to Trump's series of tweets Tuesday morning with two tweets of her own, mocking the Republican president for reviving the Pocahontas nickname, which she and some Native American leaders say is a racist slur.

Referring to her by the racist moniker Pocahontas, Trump said: "She took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024 [Native American, ] far less than the average American ... Now Cherokee Nation denies her, 'DNA test is useless.' Even they don't want her. Phony!".

An ancestor six generations removed would make Warren 1/64th Native American while an ancestor as much as 10 generations removed would render the Massachusetts Democrat only 1/1024th Native American, according to Blaine Bettinger, a genealogist and author who specializes in DNA evidence.

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

Warren has never claimed to be a member of a tribe, and made the distinction in her campaign video and again in a response to the Cherokee nation statement late on Monday.

"I found this to be pretty embarrassing for her", said co-host Abby Huntsman.

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Warren's heavily promoted DNA test indicated she could be between 1/64 and 1/1,024 Native American (though the Boston Globe initially published an erroneous figure and had to correct it).

But Meghan McCain pushed back - arguing that when it comes to Warren's ancestry, "this is a story she has told" by calling herself a minority in the past and contributing to a tribal cookbook.

Elizabeth Warren is an American academic and politician, who is a harsh critic of the current administration under Donald Trump. "But DNA & family history has nothing to do with tribal affiliation or citizenship, which is determined only - only - by Tribal Nations".

Warren's heritage has been under scrutiny since 2012 during her campaign for the Senate against Scott Brown who ran attack ads aimed at her "Cherokee" heritage. On Monday, Trump said he would pay up, but only if he "can test her personally".

"I won't sit quietly for @realDonaldTrump's racism, so I took a test", Warren wrote on Twitter. "It's like the Kool-Aid Man saying, "I don't actually care about Kool-Aid.' No no no no no - you jumped through my f*uckin" wall because you were that excited that I was maybe doing to drink Kool-Aid, and now I have to call a contractor to fix this sh*t".

Trump has bucked decades of precedent by refusing to release his income tax returns.

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