Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren is facing a backlash after revealing a DNA test, which she says validates her claims of Native American heritage

The Cherokee Nation slammed the results for showing trace amounts of native DNA. President Donald Trump later took to Twitter to taunt Warren. Many analysts speculate that Warren, whose heritage Trump has often mocked, is running for president. "Even they don't want her," Trump said in response to the statement by the Cherokee Nation, the largest tribal nation in the United States. "Thank you to the Cherokee Nation for revealing that Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to as Pocahontas, is a complete and total Fraud!" he wrote on Twitter, referencing the daughter of the 17th-Century indigenous chief. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr said in a statement that "a DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship". "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 said, adding that current tests do not differentiate between peoples from the North and South American continents. Warren later tweeted: "DNA & family history has nothing to do with tribal affiliation or citizenship, which is determined only - only - by Tribal Nations". "I respect the distinction, & don't list myself as Native in the Senate."

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