It looks like far-left 2020 hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) will not be coasting through the primary without being challenged for her previous false claim to Native American ancestry.
“How do you overcome the bridge with voters like me who like you, who like your plans, who like what you have to say but I have concerns about your honesty?” the woman, Elizabeth Radecic, asked Warren.
Being a mother of two black children, the woman went on to tell Warren that she developed a better appreciation for affirmative action programs and that the senator had disrespected such programs by claiming Native American ancestry to score a job at Harvard. In response, Warren said that she only identified as a Native American because of stories her family told her.
“Even so, I shouldn’t have done it,” she said. “I am not a person of color. I am not a citizen of a tribe and I’ve apologized for any confusion over tribal sovereignty, tribal citizenship, and any harm caused by that.”
If that is so, then Warren would have to explain the fact that she released a DNA test showing she is somewhere between 1/64 and 1/1,024 Native American in her ancestry. At the time, Warren seemed to hope that releasing the DNA test would silence President Trump from using it as an attack against her if she were to win the 2020 nomination; to her grave misfortune, it backfired immensely. Even the Cherokee nation, from whom Warren claimed descendancy, publicly called her out on it.
“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship,” said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin, Jr. in a statement last October. “Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America. Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation.”
“Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong,” Hoskin continued. “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 prove[n]. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”
Warren apologized to the Cherokee nation for releasing the DNA test almost immediately. None of that stopped writer and activist Rebecca Nagle, who describes herself as a “Cherokee Nation citizen and a proud Two Spirit woman,” from blasting Warren at the time for promoting “harmful myths about Native identity.”
“The DNA test proving @elizabethforma is Native isn’t even based on genetic samples from Native Americans,” Nagle said. “It’s based on theories of migration most Native ppl reject. As Cherokee ppl our creation story starts with how the hills in our homelands were created.”