The six-page genetic data report, which was released on Sunday, is dated October 10.
While she can point to no specific ancestor or tribe, according to genetic test results released by Warren to the Boston Globe, the MA senator did in fact have a Native American ancestor. between 6 and 10 generations back.
Why did Elizabeth Warren feel compelled to push the narrative that she was part Native American? What is, and should be, is why in her 30s she changed her racial designation from "white" to "Native American", claiming affiliation with the Cherokee and DE tribes. "That's because scientists believe that the groups Americans refer to as Native American came to this land via the Bering Strait about 12,000 years ago and settled in what's now America but also migrated further south", the newspaper said. A day later, he signed up to be a contributor at Fox News. "Pocahontas (the bad version), sometimes referred to as Elizabeth Warren, is getting slammed", he wrote on Twitter. Many Democrats, and some in the press, have dismissed the debate over Warren's ancestry as somehow out-of-bounds, akin to Trump's ridiculous quest to find Barack Obama's "missing" birth certificate.
The move was widely viewed as a retort to President Trump regularly labeling her "Pocahontas" and casting doubt over her claims of Cherokee ancestry. But Warren's ancestry claims have critics on her own left-progressive side, too. I wish I had been more mindful of that distinction. I say that with respect, but you would. "What do we make of the political calculation of Elizabeth Warren releasing these DNA test results 20 days away from the midterms?"
Until now, Warren said she had nothing to back up her claim except family lore, stories told within her family in Oklahoma and passed along through generations. "It's clear we did, as there would've been no need to undergo the search for a more qualified minority candidate if she was a minority".
"Cherokee" is neither a racial nor a genetic term: It's a nation, which decides citizenship based on its own customs and laws. "Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong", said the Cherokee Nation secretary of state, Chuck Hoskin Jr.
The issue isn't Warren's family anecdotes.
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This week, the US senator released a slick video with the results of her own DNA test. She should listen to Native American leaders.
This is viewer supported news. What is the impact other than to alienate Native Americans who do not accept her claim?
If Warren's ancestor were six generations removed, she would be 1/64th Native American.
In The Washington Post, Dana Milbank was particularly discouraged that by relying on a DNA test - not to mention one with such inconclusive results - she had accepted a dare Trump once made on the campaign trail.
"I found this to be pretty embarrassing for her", said co-host Abby Huntsman. "I just don't want to support anything dealing with the National Football League", he said. "This was just another part of it".
Warren said that any backlash or criticism that greeted her decision did not change her mind because it was the right thing to do.
"I'm going to take it, but the results are going to be revealed here", he said. "How do you sit here if you know what it is, and people ask, and you don't give an answer?"