Politics

Cherokee Nation has tough words for Warren over DNA test

After President Donald Trump promised to donate $1 million to the charity of her choice if she could provide evidence that she was an “Indian,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released the results of a DNA test this week.

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The trace Native American ancestry was apparently not enough to impress Trump, who dismissed the news on Monday morning.

According to a statement released the same day, Warren’s results were also less than convincing to members of the Cherokee Nation.

“Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong.” said Chuck Hoskin Jr., the tribe’s secretary of state. “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.”

Trump spoke at a campaign rally earlier this year when he made the offer to Warren, who has faced criticism for citing her Native American heritage in the past.

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