Elizabeth Warren apologized to Cherokee Nation over DNA test, tribe says

Elizabeth Warren apologized to Cherokee Nation over DNA test, tribe says

White House hopeful Elizabeth Warren has apologized to the Cherokee Nation after she took a DNA test when President Donald Trump cast doubt on her claim of indigenous heritage, USA media reported Friday.

"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", Julie Hubbard, a spokesperson for Bill John Baker, head of the Cherokee Nation, told the Times.

"We are encouraged by her action and hope that the slurs and mockery of tribal citizens and Indian history and heritage will now come to an end", it added.

Warren announced the results this past October, showing the test revealed strong evidence the MA senator had a Native American ancestor dating back six to 10 generations.

"I may be wrong, but I think that was a big part of her credibility, and now all of a sudden it's gone", Trump said in an interview with The New York Times.

"Where is her public statement?" he asked. "Tribal citizenship is very different than ancestry".

This article has been updated to include Warren's apology to Cherokee Nation. ". Now Cherokee Nation denies her, 'DNA test is useless.' Even they don't want her. Phony!"

"Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage".

Potential 2020 U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) takes the stage at an Organizing Event in Claremont, New Hampshire, U.S., January 18, 2019.

"I am not a person of color".

"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. "Tribes, and only tribes, determine tribal citizenship, and I respect that difference", Warren said. "Harvard Law School in the 1990s touted Warren, then a professor in Cambridge, as being Native American", CNN reported last November. She has formed an exploratory committee and is expected to formally announce her presidential campaign February 9 after teasing the date on Twitter.

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. These recipes were credited in the book to "Elizabeth Warren, Cherokee".

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