The Cherokee Nation on Monday issued a statement in response to Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s claim to have had a DNA test that shows her with a fractionally small Native American heritage.
She’s used that claim in her job-application processes during her career, and Harvard even touted her as a minority faculty member.
The test showed she has from one 1/1024th Native American blood, to up to one 1/64th.
But none of it matters, the Cherokee Nation said.
In fact, she’s damaging Native Americans by continuing her claims, the nation said.
“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America,” the tribe said.
“Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong.
“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.”
The statement was signed by Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.
Warren released the results of a DNA test after months of needling from President Trump and other critics who have called her Pocahontas and “Fauxcahontas.”
At Breitbart News, Joel Pollack reported the tests show she is, at most, 1/64th Native American.
And she might be as little as 1/1024th.
Which, he said, “means she may have no more Native American DNA than the average white American, and less than many other Americans.”
The report pointed out that even 1/64th would “not qualify Warren for membership in any Native American tribe, nor justify her claims to Native American identity.”
Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. explained several years ago, the report said, that the average African-American genome is 2 percent Native American.
“In 2014, the genetics website 23andMe said the average black American genome is 0.8 percent Native American, while Latinos have 18 percent Native American ancestry, on average. Among white Americans, there is considerable variation: 8 percent of whites in Louisiana have at least 1 percent Native American ancestry, for example, according to 23andMe.”
The report said Warren “may be no more Native American than the average white American,” even though Harvard once touted her as proof of their faculty “diversity.” It was the Crimson campus newspaper that referred to her as a Native American.
The Daily Caller noted that the Boston Globe, which reported on Warren’s tests, abruptly corrected its report.
It originally reported Warren was at least 1/512th Native American but soon changed that to 1/1024th.
“This would make Warren somewhere between .09 and 3 percent Native American,” the report said.
“Warren … acknowledged that Harvard had singled her out as a Native American professor because she identified herself as a minority in an Association of American Law Schools directory from 1986-1994. She stopped listing herself as such when she gained tenure at Harvard,” the report said.
Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh pointed out that other Democrats were not happy with her.
“We’re three weeks out from the midterm elections? And what happens? Fauxcahontas inserts herself into the campaign with proof and evidence that she is one 1/1024th Indian,” Limbaugh said. “Elizabeth Warren is whiter than your average white person! Your average white person has more Injun blood than she does! You know there was a lot of nooky going on back in those Old West days, folks, and she’s been out there trying to make this case that she was part minority, helped her get the gig at Harvard and so forth.
“Jim Messina, who is a Drive-By Media reporter, he’s an Obama campaign. … Well, they’re all Drive-By reporters. Messina was the Obama campaign manager, and he said in his tweet, ‘Argue the substance all you want, but why 22 days before a crucial election where we must win the House and Senate to save America, why did Senator Warren have to do her announcement now? Why can’t Democrats ever stay focused?'”
Limbaugh blasted Warren for her claims.
“Only a Democrat, folks, would think their report from a scientist saying that she might be one 1/1024th Indian would make their claim of minority status valid. One 1/1024th Indian. Elizabeth Warren possibly. That would be 0.09 percent. That’s not even 1/10th of 1 percent, folks. That’s how little Indian heritage Fauxcahontas has. Now, scientists say that the average European American is 0.18 percent Native American, 0.18 percent. She is 0.09! She is less Native American than the average European American is.”