Cherokee Nation Calls Elizabeth Warren DNA Test “Inappropriate”
While some applauded Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) releasing a DNA test as a clapback to Donald Trump, the Cherokee Nation was unamused and unimpressed. On Monday, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. (pictured) said, "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. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage." However, Warren never said that the DNA analysis is evidence of tribal membership. In the video announcing the test results, the Senator clarified that she was talking only about family history and not claiming any sort of right to affiliation. “I’m not enrolled in a tribe,” she said. “Only tribes determine tribal citizenship. I understand and respect that distinction.” She said the public disclosure of her DNA results are a response to Donald Trump and the GOP mocking her for saying she had Native American heritage and calling her “Pocahontas.” Still, activists and experts said that the use of a DNA test to prove her lineage meant Warren was buying into and promoting the notion that it is blood that determines who is and is not American Indian. More here.