Warren Apologizes To Cherokee Nation For DNA Test


Elizabeth Warren has privately and quietly apologized for a DNA test that conclusively showed she was no more than 1/1024th American Indian. "Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person's ancestors were indigenous to North or South America", Hoskin said in a statement at the end of 2018.

Rebecca Nagle, a writer, activist and citizen of Cherokee Nation, told CNN in an interview last week that, even though she mostly agreed with Warren's politics, she would never consider supporting her without a robust admission.

While Ms Warren initially said she had a right to respond to the president's attacks on her background, her change of tune comes as she prepares to visit early voting states ahead of the 2020 election.

In a statement to United States media, Cherokee Nation spokeswoman Julie Hubbard said Ms Warren had apologised during a brief phone call with principal chief Bill John Baker.

Warren, a USA senator from MA, called Bill John Baker, the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, on Thursday to apologize for taking the DNA test previous year, said Julie Hubbard, a Cherokee Nation spokeswoman.

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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".

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a New Hampshire organizing event for her 2020 presidential exploratory committee at Manchester Community College on January 12, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. Tribal citizenship is very different from ancestry.

"Now that her claims of being of Indian heritage have turned out to be a scam and a lie, Elizabeth Warren should apologize for perpetrating this fraud against the American Public", Trump wrote in one social media post. While the tribe did not reveal the exact wording of her apology, they said that Warren had recently "reached out" to them. "Tribes and only tribes determine tribal citizenship". Trump put the controversy back in the headlines during the 2016 presidential election, when he met Warren's criticisms by calling her "Pocahontas".

Warren's explanation, her stories of a familial history and the DNA test, she added, only made things worse. "I can't stop him from hurling racial insults".

"I've put it all out there, it's there for anyone to see", she said, before pivoting back to her central message of a struggling middle class and the need to expand economic opportunity.