Claims by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to have Native American ancestry, which prompted President Trump to deride her as “Pocahontas,” continue to backfire.
With much fanfare, she announced on Monday that an analysis of DNA tests by a Stanford professor concluded she could have between 1/64th and 1/1024th Native American blood.
But current DNA tests don’t distinguish between North and South American indigenous ancestry, and the secretary of state of the Cherokee Nation said a DNA test “is useless to determine tribal citizenship.”
Warren, nevertheless, demanded the $1 million donation she said President Trump promised a charity if she took a test and found Native American blood.
Now, a descendant of Pocahontas, Debbie White Dove Porreco, has weighed in.
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The DNA test, she Tuesday in a “Tucker Carlson Tonight” interview, “did prove that she wasn’t the Cherokee Indian that she was claiming to be for so long.”
“I think she’s guilty of claiming she’s an American Indian but has no proof – and then [is] using it for applications for college and political reasons,” she said.
The descendant of the famed 17th century Powhatan princess said Warren should “apologize to everybody for what she has done.”
The Boston Globe was first to report Warren’s test results from the Stanford professor, Carlos Bustamente.
“To make up for the dearth of Native American DNA, Bustamante used samples from Mexico, Peru, and Colombia to stand in for Native American. That’s because scientists believe that the groups Americans refer to as Native American came to this land via the Bering Strait about 12,000 years ago and settled in what’s now America but also migrated further south,” the newspaper said.
Carlson asked her how she felt about Warren’s claim.
“I feel betrayed because she wasn’t. She was using the name, trying to be American Indian just to rise above [others],” she replied.
At Harvard Law, she was touted as its first female faculty member of color.
WND reported Warren’s DNA fiasco dealt a blow to affirmative action.
Powerline blogger John Hinderaker wrote</a: "If Warren is an Indian, then so are most of the rest of us. And most of us are also African-American or Hispanic. If everyone is an Indian, then no one is an Indian."
Ultimately, Warren's tests showed she likely has less Native American blood than the average white American.
Nevertheless, Hinderaker noted Harvard Law School back in the 1990s billed Warren as the first "woman of color" on its faculty, according to a 1995 Fordham Law Review article. While at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, she put herself on the "Minority Law Teacher" list as a Native American in the directory of the Association of American Law Schools.
"On the contrary, if Warren's 1/1,000 Native American ancestry counts, the law school has probably had any number of 'women of color,' both before and after her," he wrote. "Most of us qualify."
Hinderaker now sees affirmative action "teetering on the brink," with the trial of an Asian racial discrimination lawsuit commencing this week along with the Warren fiasco.
"Harvard's denial that it discriminates against Asian applicants is transparently false, yet the academic world has rallied around the university in what likely will prove to be a vain effort to uphold the discriminatory regime in which nearly all are complicit," he writes.
Hinderaker says "the edifice of racial categorization and discrimination persist in spite of its obvious irrationality and unfairness," because "many billions of dollars turn on it."
"And, perhaps equally important, it provides endless opportunities for virtue signaling," he said, referring to the act of trying to enhance one's standing as a person of moral character by declaring support for particular causes or policies.