Elizabeth Warren Discreetly Apologizes to Cherokee Nation for 'DNA Test'
Embarrassment and ridicule refuses to leave Democrat as she prepares presidential run
Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has issued an apology to Cherokees for her DNA test that revealed she was just 1/1024th Native American.
Warren's apology was acknowledged by the Cherokee Nation on Thursday, according to Tulsa World.
But the embarrassment has refused to leave her she continues to face ridicule that threatens her presidential run.
“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,” Julie Hubbard, Cherokee executive director of communications, told Tulsa World.
“We are encouraged by her action and hope that the slurs and mockery of tribal citizens and Indian history and heritage will now come to an end.”
But the Cherokee Nation was less than enthusiastic when she declared the news last fall.
“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 proven,” Cherokee Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin, said at the time.
Hoskins wrote an op-ed piece for the Tulsa World implying Warren’s infatuation with Native ancestry constitutes unwarranted meddling.
“We know that many people across the nation have treasured family stories about having Native lineage,” Hoskins wrote.
“There is nothing wrong with being proud of that. However, every day, people make claims of Native heritage and Cherokee ancestry across the country to take advantage of laws intended to level the playing field for Indian Country.”
He added that simply saying “my grandmother was Cherokee” or “citing vague results of consumer DNA test” does not constitute “responsibilities of tribal membership.”
Last year, Donald Trump slammed Warren's DNA test, demanding that she apologizes for faking her Native American ancestry.
The President blasted Sen. Warren for claiming to have Cherokee heritage, calling it a "fraud" against the public.
We reported in October last year that the senator's ex-husband even co-founded the DNA testing company and even wrote the codes for the first computer-generated genetic comparisons.
Jim Warren's was a crucial figure in a multitude of genetic testing that Elizabeth Warren controversially used to prove she had Native American ancestry for her gains falsely.
One of the two other founders of Jim Warren's company, FamilyTreeDNA, has worked with Carlos Bustamante, the Stanford University geneticist who conducted a DNA test at Elizabeth Warren's request.