Liz Warren Quietly Apologizes To Cherokees For That DNA Test

Elizabeth Warren apologizes to Cherokee Nation for taking DNA test to prove Native American roots

Nearly immediately after Warren announced her results, the Cherokee Nation put out a statement, saying that Warren's "continued claims of tribal heritage" were "undermining tribal interests".

"We are encouraged by this dialogue and understanding that being a Cherokee Nation tribal citizen is rooted in centuries of culture and laws not through DNA tests", Ms Hubbard said.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has apologized to the Cherokee Nation for taking a DNA test to prove she has indigenous heritage, according to the nation's spokesperson.

Her campaign could not be reached Thursday afternoon to confirm the apology.

"I've put it all out there, it's there for anyone to see", she said, before pivoting back to her central message of a struggling middle class and the need to expand economic opportunity.

"The chief and secretary of state appreciate that she has reaffirmed that she is not a Cherokee Nation citizen or a citizen of any tribal nation", Hubbard said. Tribal citizenship is very different from ancestry.

"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", said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.

A Warren spokesman declined to comment on any outreach to Cherokee Nation.

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Warren is expected to run for the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential nomination.

The results found Warren had at least one Native American ancestor many generations ago.

The president even once said that he would give Warren "a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you're an Indian". It was widely viewed as a serious stumble by Warren, with mockery from conservatives over how marginal her claim was and derision from progressives for delving into race science.

Media captionThe US president makes a joke about Senator Elizabeth Warren in front of Native Americans. "Tribes, and only tribes, determine tribal citizenship, and I respect that difference", Warren said.

Ms Warren's Republican opponents were also quick to criticise - Senator Lindsey Graham told Fox News he would also take a test to try and "beat" her results.

During her first visit to Iowa as a presidential hopeful, Warren addressed the controversy again, telling a crowd in Sioux City that she is not a member of any Native American tribe.

Warren's critics in the Cherokee community, for example, want a more public reckoning.

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