In an effort to prove Donald Trump wrong, Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a DNA test to prove she is part Native American. In case you missed it, Trump often mocks Warren by calling her Pocahontas, claiming she is lying about her background. The term is deeply offensive to Native Americans, but Warren isn’t exactly get love from the Native American community.
The test, which conducted by a Stanford University professor, showed that Warren has a Native American ancestor going back six to 10 generations, which means she is somewhere between 1/32nd and 1/1,024th American Indian. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. released a statement, which read in part, “Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. 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.”
Native American journalist Simon Moya-Smith blasted Warren, writing on CNN.com, “Warren claims now to have Native American heritage. And her claim to having such heritage — versus a claim of actually being Native — feels sneaky to me. Where has she been on these many issues that plague our communities? Although the results from her DNA test are new, her identity claims here aren’t. Why has she ignored us for so long? Why only now come around? This latest disclosure lets her save face without having responsibilities to the Native community she’s claiming to share heritage with. Furthermore, name me one nation or tribe that claims her. None do.”
Can’t argue with that. See the reactions from Twitter below: