Pocahontas descendant calls for apology from Warren

Larry Hoffman
October 20, 2018

Warren released the test results Monday in part to push back against Trump's taunts about her claim of Native American ancestry.

Warren, a Democrat from MA, released the test results on Monday, showing that she had as little as 1/1,024th Native American ancestry. "Non-Indigenous Americans will never stop making claims to all things indigenous ..." she said.

Warren's attempt to put President Trump's mocking to rest once and for all had a spectacularly opposite effect.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) made a fundamental error in chasing the coattails of DNA provenance as a response to the jibes of US President Donald J. Trump. She took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024, far less than the average American.

Trump dismissed the results, once again using his "Pocahontas" nickname he previously gave to her. "Even the Cherokee tribe's not wanting to claim her as one of theirs". This decision led her to be named the first woman of color to become a professor at Harvard Law.

Meanwhile, the Cherokee Nation criticized Warren's announcement, saying her use of a DNA test is "useless" for determining tribal citizenship and that using a DNA test to determine connection to any tribal nation is "inappropriate and wrong". She said she's troubled by the divisive rhetoric of President Donald Trump and politicians who support him, which distracts from debate on important topics like ballooning health-care costs.

Later, he offered to make the donation "only... if I can test her personally". The chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians issued a statement Tuesday saying that the senator had not tried to "appropriate" Indian culture.

The funniest part of the whole silly dispute is that Warren thought she could silence the jokes about her once and for all by revealing "evidence" that, when looked at for more than five seconds, proved her claim was laughable.

But she listed herself as Native for years in the Association of American Law School Directory, and according to The Boston Globe, she "had her ethnicity changed from white to Native American at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she taught from 1987 to 1995, and at Harvard University Law School, where she was a tenured faculty member starting in 1995".

"I feel betrayed because she wasn't".

Warren released her results to prove her Native American ancestry. That generational range suggests Warren is between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests ... while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens ... whose heritage is proven.

She said she released the results "because I've got nothing to hide".

Regardless of the outcome of the current lawsuit by Asian-American students against Harvard University claiming illegal racial discrimination, when the U.S. Supreme Court eventually sounds the death knell to race and ethnic based college admissions, don't be surprised if Warren's case is not cited as an example of its abuse.

Indeed, there are sensitive, appropriate ways to talk about potentially having Native American ancestors. I wish I had been more mindful of that distinction, ' the Massachusetts Democrat said Wednesday.

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