Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has apologized to the Cherokee Nation after she launched a DNA take a look at final October in an try to show she had Native ancestry.
Warren was beforehand quiet on the controversy that surrounded the discharge of the take a look at, which upset tribal leaders ― although not all ― and made her the punchline of Republicans and President Donald Trump himself, who has repeatedly referred to her as “Pocahontas.” Tribal officers confirmed to Tulsa World that Warren had “reached out” in latest days, simply as she is anticipated to make an announcement this month on her run for president.
“We’re inspired by this dialogue and understanding that being a Cherokee Nation tribal citizen is rooted in centuries of tradition and legal guidelines, not by way of DNA exams,” Julie Hubbard, the tribe’s govt director of communications, advised the publication. “We’re inspired by her motion and hope that the slurs and mockery of tribal residents and Indian historical past and heritage will now come to an finish.”
Warren confronted backlash after she launched the outcomes of the DNA exams to indicate Native ancestry. Some Native American activists felt their cultural identification was being relegated to a easy take a look at.
“Whereas the overwhelming majority of the person’s ancestry is European, the outcomes strongly help the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor within the particular person’s pedigree, probably within the vary of 6-10 generations in the past,” the DNA report mentioned.
The Cherokee Nation referred to as the testing “inappropriate and incorrect” on the time.