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The Blowback on Elizabeth Warren’s Ancestry Claim Has Been Breathtaking

Representatives from the Cherokee Nation and other indigenous groups responded to Warren’s claims of Native American ancestry on Monday.

By NTK Staff | 10.16.2018 @11:00am
The Blowback on Elizabeth Warren’s Ancestry Claim Has Been Breathtaking

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) may have let her feud with President Donald Trump and her own political ambitions get the better of her, when she released a DNA test claiming she was 1/64th to 1/1,024th Native American.

For her part, Warren seems to believe this test vindicated her claims. Warren “identified herself as Native American in the late 1980s and early 1990s as many of the matriarchs of her family were dying.” But her claims went further than that.

During her academic career as a law professor, 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. (She was a visiting professor at Harvard during the 1992-1993 academic year.)

Once Warren’s claims became public and Trump got ahold of them, he began mocking the senator every chance he got. In an effort to fend off those attacks and allay the fears of Democratic donors, Warren contacted Stanford University Professor Carlos D. Bustamante, an expert in the field of genealogy.

Bustamante’s findings revealed Warren may have had a Native American ancestor six to 10 generations back, making her 1/64th to 1/1,024th Native American.

Believing this to be some sort of victory, Warren spiked the football on Monday:

But at least one audience did not take kindly to Warren’s ancestry claims: Native Americans.

A representative of the Cherokee Nation called Warren’s tactics “inappropriate and wrong.” “Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin, Jr. said in a statement.

Kim Tallbear, an Indigenous Peoples professor at the University of Alberta, blasted Warren’s claims in a page-long letter:

And perhaps most problematic of all, the Washington Examiner reported Monday evening that Bustamante compared Warren’s DNA to Native Americans from Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, rather than North American natives. Warren had long claimed to have Cherokee ancestry.

Needless to say, if Warren’s plan was to remove this issue from the table as she plans her 2020 candidacy, that backfired spectacularly on Monday.

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