Warren's political opponents claim she appropriated Native status for professional gain.
A 1997 Fordham Law Review article identified the Democrat as Harvard Law's "first woman of color". But if her ancestor had been as much as 10 generations removed, that would make the individual a great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparent and render Warren only 1/1,024th Native American, according to Blaine Bettinger, a genealogist and author who specializes in DNA evidence. The woman who comes to Okmulgee, Oklahoma, every year from Germany to visit Grandma for a month but brings with her money and gifts and steaks for the barbecue?
Warren has been widely ridiculed for her claims, and their dubious nature was widely regarded, across the political spectrum, to be a major liability heading into a widely expected 2020 presidential run.
Warren released the results just ahead of the midterm elections to refute taunts from President Donald Trump and her Senate challengers, the Boston Globe reported. The DNA test was conducted by Stanford University professor Carlos Bustamante.
Warren finally produced that proof and now demands that Trump pay up.
Though Warren consulted an expert geneticist, there simply isn't enough Native American genetic data to draw from to conclusively show a person as descendent from a specific tribe. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., continues to generate headlines is identity politics. Further, the Cherokee Nation Secretary of State stated that Warren's gambit at "proving" her heritage, "makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses, while dishonoring legitimate tribal governments, whose ancestors are well-documented and whose heritage is well proven".
"If anybody wants to think they can use a genetic test to determine which tribe they came from, it's impossible to get that type of information", says Krystal Tsosie, a member of the Navajo Nation and a doctoral student in Genomics and Health Disparities at Vanderbilt University.
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Warren released the DNA test widely Monday - suggesting as much as 1/64 of her DNA was from a Native American population - along with a folksy campaign video that retold a vague family story about a Native American on her mother's side.
"She only claimed it when she was in her late 30s and beginning to climb the law professor ladder from the University of Texas to Harvard", Jacobson said.
She faces Republican Geoff Diehl, who co-chaired Trump's MA presidential campaign, in November. "I think I can beat her", Graham told Fox & Friends, referring to Warren's ancestral claims. The President most notoriously referred to Warren as Pocahontas at an official White House event honoring veteran Navajo code talkers.
In 1996, as Harvard Law School was being criticized for lacking diversity, "a spokesman for the law school told the Harvard Crimson that Warren was Native American".
Warren's DNA test is the weakest attempt to legitimize claims to Native heritage with.09 percent. She released a video of her family members discussing her claims of Native American background. "I'm not a citizen, never have claimed to be, and I wish I had been more mindful of that 30 years ago".
The desire to "belong" to something that isn't part of your heritage is so strong in some politicians who apparently can't live with the fact that they were merely born white.
"I'm going to take it, but the results are going to be revealed here", he said.