Why Everything You Have Read About Warren's DNA Test Is Wrong

Why Everything You Have Read About Warren's DNA Test Is Wrong

Trump was referencing an earlier statement from Cherokee Nation secretary of state Chuck Hoskin Jr. that denounced Warren's use of the DNA test. If we give Warren the benefit of the doubt and say she's a full 1.6% Native American, this would mean that the average black person in America is 12.5 times more white than Elizabeth Warren is Native American.

But that's just the beginning. An 1894 document previously unearthed by the New England Genealogical Society suggested Warren's great-great-great-grandmother, O.C. Sarah Smith, was at least partially Native American, making the senator as much as 1/32nd Native American. "She took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024, far less than the average American", he tweeted."Now Cherokee Nation denies her". "The Democratic senator's DNA test wasn't a mere rebuttal of Trump", Jonathan Bernstein wrote in an opinion piece for Bloomberg News, for example.

Nor does the existence of a remote ancestor give any support to Warren's past claim that her parents had to elope because her dad's parents didn't want him marrying a woman who was "part Cherokee and part DE".

Native American tribes have long been skeptical of attempts to collect their DNA.

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Unlike other states where some tribes live on separate, remote reservations, Oklahoma is a checkerboard of land where tribal members lived in the same communities with whites and intermarried over the generations, creating families with varying fractions of Native American heritage.

Warren acknowledged in a tweet Monday that DNA and family history have nothing to do with tribal affiliation or citizenship, which is determined by tribal nations. No American Indian tribe considers an individual with between 1/64 and 1/1,024 blood to be a member of the tribe. He's scared. He's trying to do what he always does to women who scare him: call us names, attack us personally, shrink us down to feel better about himself.

The Massachusetts Democrat and potential 2020 presidential contender challenged Trump to make good on his pledge to donate $1 million to charity if she provided proof of Native American heritage, a moment that was caught on video.

The South Carolina-born Haley, meanwhile, is the daughter of immigrants from the Punjab region of India.

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He added, "That will not be something I enjoy doing, either". "I'm dying to know", Graham told "Fox & Friends".

"The distinction is: I'm not a citizen, never have claimed to be, and I wish I had been more mindful of that 30 years ago", Warren said, noting that she has cousins who are tribal citizens.

The point is that Warren stepped into a controversial issue without much sensitivity for the people who are most affected by it. Warren is sorely lacking in the Native American experience. For one thing, what makes someone a Native American? Those people should educate themselves about common myths surrounding tribal membership and the reality of how federal resources are appropriated to tribes, says Tsosie.

She was also listed as a Native American in federal forms filed by the law schools at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked, The Boston Globe reported in 2012. She has said in the past that one of her ancestors was part Cherokee and part Delaware. If someone craves belonging to a marginalized group, that too should be questioned.

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"I just want to thank you because you're very, very special people", he said. "What do the facts say?" "That's not what America stands for". "That's definitely not the way to go". Congratulations Senator Warren! You have really done it this time...and how dare we doubted you!

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