Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Warren Apologizes To The Cherokee Nation About DNA Test

Warren Apologizes To The Cherokee Nation About DNA Test

Elizabeth Warren has apologized for taking a DNA test to push back against President Donald Trump's taunts about her claim of Native American heritage. Some Native American activists felt their cultural identity was being relegated to a simple test.

The Cherokee Nation's Secretary of State, Chuck Hoskin Jr., also clarified that "u$3 sing a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong".

She has never claimed tribal membership but took the DNA test after a challenge from President Donald Trump.

The chief and other tribal leaders appreciate that Warren "reaffirmed she is not a Cherokee Nation citizen - or a citizen of any tribal nation", Hubbard said. "Where is she saying, "I apologize to the Cherokee Nation, I am sorry that I did this and here's how I intend to make it right"?"

"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", Hubbard said.

The Cherokee Nation complained then that tribal nations, not DNA tests, determine citizenship and that Warren was "undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage".

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"I am not a person of color", she said.

Warren has defended her decision on the campaign trail amid the backlash.

Trump's recent comments about Warren and her campaign come as several Democrats have announced presidential runs. She has formed an exploratory committee and is expected to formally announce her presidential campaign February 9 after teasing the date on Twitter. It was part of a highly choreographed move that included a video of family members in Oklahoma rallying to her ancestry defense.

Though Warren hasn't faced questions about the DNA tests in recent campaign stops, her apology is an admission that she needed to do more to fix ties with the Native American community.

The test revealed that Warren did have a Native-American segment in her DNA, though the ancestor probably lived six to 10 generations ago. Trump put the controversy back in the headlines during the 2016 presidential election, when he met Warren's criticisms by calling her "Pocahontas". I am not a citizen of a tribe. "Tribal citizenship is very different than ancestry. Tribes - and only tribes - determine tribal citizenship, and I respect that difference". "They singled her out, Warren later acknowledged, because she had listed herself as a minority in an Association of American Law Schools directory".

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