Warren Privately Apologizes To Cherokee Nation For DNA Test Stunt

Warren Privately Apologizes To Cherokee Nation For DNA Test Stunt

Warren Privately Apologizes To Cherokee Nation For DNA Test Stunt

Warren found herself in hot-water from Republicans and Democrats after she released the results previous year; showing she was between 1/64 and 1/1024 Native American.

President Donald Trump says that Democrat Elizabeth Warren's 2020 campaign has been "hurt very badly" after he set the "Pocahontas trap", which ultimately drew the senator to show voters that she has Native American ancestry through a DNA test.

Cherokee Nation condemned Warren for appearing to define ethnicity through a test, while others felt she'd caved to the president - who has claimed Warren uses Native American culture to benefit politically.

But the test was controversial for Native Americans, for whom being part of a tribe is cultural and includes living under tribal laws, rather than simple genetic links.

The presidential hopeful "reached out to us and has apologized to the tribe", Cherokee Nation executive director of communications Julie Hubbard said in a statement.

"We are encouraged by her action and hope that the slurs and mockery of tribal citizens and Indian history and heritage will now come to an end", it added.

Warren's revelation resulted in ridicule when she made the announcement last October, and she is now hinting at making her presidential run official.


She is on the party's left flank, and built her reputation by holding Wall Street accountable for its missteps.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a New Hampshire organizing event for her 2020 presidential exploratory committee at Manchester Community College on January 12, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. "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".

"Where is her public statement?" he asked.

"I understand that she apologized for causing confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and the harm that has resulted", Hubbard reportedly said.

The Massachusetts senator faced swift backlash from United States tribes and Republicans over the move, which came just before she announced her 2020 presidential bid. A spokeswoman for the tribe told The Intercept that Warren called Bill John Baker, principal chief of Cherokee Nation, for a "brief and private" conversation.

In an interview, LaMere said the two did not discuss the DNA test, although they did touch on Trump's insults about her claims of Native American heritage. "They singled her out, Warren later acknowledged, because she had listed herself as a minority in an Association of American Law Schools directory". "I grew up in Oklahoma, and like a lot of folks in Oklahoma, we heard stories about our ancestry", she said. These recipes were credited in the book to "Elizabeth Warren, Cherokee".

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