Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Elizabeth Warren releases DNA test with ‘strong evidence’ of Native American ancestry

Elizabeth Warren Reveals DNA Evidence of Native American Ancestry, Rebuking Trump Elizabeth Warren: DNA test shows strong likelihood I have Native-American heritage
Faye Gross | 15 October, 2018, 18:25

Warren's move is reminiscent of Barack Obama's decision in 2011 to release his long form birth certificate following years of haranguing led by Trump, who pushed the conspiracy theory that the nation's first black president was born in Kenya.

The first-term Democratic senator's critics have accused Warren of advancing her career by claiming minority status as a descendant of Cherokee and DE tribes.

According to the paper, the disclosure is another strong sign that she is seriously considering running for president.

Those critics have charged that Warren advanced her career with a narrative she is a descendant of Cherokee and DE tribes, although Warren has released personnel files to support her insistence that ethnicity was never a factor. More than half of all Native women have experienced sexual violence, and the majority of violent crimes against Native Americans are perpetrated by non-Natives.

Stanford University Professor Carlos D. Bustamante replies: "The facts suggest that you absolutely have Native American ancestry in your pedigree".

On July 5, Trump had previously offered to give Warren - whom he calls "Pocahontas - $1 million that she could provide to any charity if she took a DNA test to show that she has Native American ancestry".

Trump has mocked Warren for years, calling her "Pocahontas" as a way to denigrate her claims of Cherokee heritage.

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Warren reminded Trump of the pledge on Monday morning after releasing the results of her DNA test, urging the President to direct the funds to the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center.

Critics including Mr Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders have repeatedly accused the senator of lying about her heritage to advance her career. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) took a DNA test to prove she had Native American ancestry, Trump denied he ever made the commitment. And Trump can say whatever he wants about me, but mocking Native Americans or any group in order to try and get at me?

"I'm going to get one of those little [DNA testing] kits and in the middle of the debate, when she proclaims she's of Indian heritage.", Trump said.

If it was 10 generations ago, she'd be 1/512 Native American, the paper added.

Native American leaders have called Trump's mockery insensitive and an example of prejudice. Should Warren's ancestor date back 10 generations, she would be only 1/512th Native American. The senator has told this story many times before.

An attendee at a town hall asked Warren if she planned to run for president.

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