Elizabeth Warren apologizes to Cherokee Nation for DNA test

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at an event on Jan. 18 in Claremont N.H

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at an event on Jan. 18 in Claremont N.H

While the MA senator-who is reportedly set to make her 2020 presidential bid official February 9-has never claimed tribal membership, the Cherokee Nation said in a statement at the time that Warren's DNA test rollout "undermin [ed] 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", Hubbard said.

Democratic presidential hopeful and firebrand Senator Elizabeth Warren apologized to the Cherokee Nation this week; admitting she was wrong to publicly release her DNA test results to prove she had Native American ancestry.

Hoskin published an opinion piece on Thursday, entitled "Elizabeth Warren can be a friend, but she isn't a Cherokee citizen".

But she also took steps to emphasize that she was not claiming minority status, telling audiences, "I am not a person of color", and underscoring that she recognizes only tribes can decide who are members. He went on to explain that it offends the tribe "when some of our national leaders seek to ascribe inappropriately membership or citizenship to themselves", adding, "They would be welcome to our table as friends, but claiming to be family to gain a spot at the table is unwelcome".

At a press conference the day she announced her exploratory committee for president, Warren was explicitly asked if she would have handled the release of the DNA test any differently with the benefit of hindsight, and she did not admit any wrongdoing. Tribal citizenship is very different from ancestry.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is expected to officially launch her presidential campaign next week, but first, she has an apology to make. Tribes, and only tribes, determine tribal citizenship, and I respect that difference.

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.

Ms Warren had previously defended her decision to publicise the DNA results. "Harvard Law School in the 1990s touted Warren, then a professor in Cambridge, as being Native American", CNN reported last November.

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. But the Times said Warren privately expressed concern she may have hurt her standing with Native-American groups and her own supporters.

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

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