Warren has struggled to shake the controversy surrounding her past claims to Native American heritage. She's apologized for claiming Native American identity on multiple occasions early in her career. Trump has frequently taken digs at the senator by calling her Pocahontas, a reference to the native woman who lived in present-day Virginia in the 1600s and agreed to marry an English colonist to help ensure peace and protect her people.
Elizabeth Warren has released a video and an accompanying document from a Stanford scientist that indicates, via DNA test results, she likely has some distant Native American ancestry. And now all hell has broken loose, with conservatives chortling about just how distant the ancestry is and many on Warren's side of the partisan divide wondering if she has stepped in it by bringing the issue up in the first place. The background: When she was a law professor, Warren claimed in some professional contexts to have Native American roots, but didn't have any evidence other than "family lore" to support the claim. Warren's political critics have suggested that she might have thus benefited unjustly from affirmative action, and while there's not any evidence that she ever claimed minority status in an admissions or job application capacity, Donald Trump and others have nonetheless continued to caricature her as a wannabe-"Pocahontas" who is appropriating nonwhite identity. Trump, in fact, mused in July about the possibility of offering Warren $1 million to take a DNA test during a hypothetical presidential debate.
Warren was been a favorite target of Trump, who frequently calls her "Pocahontas" -- a reference to Warren's claims of Native American heritage. The test indicated that Warren likely had Native American in her bloodline, though the ancestor probably lived six to 10 generations ago. Some critics complained that the genetic analysis cheapened the identities of tribal members with deeper ties.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in response to attacks by President Trump and other Republicans, released on Monday a DNA test that concluded there is "strong evidence" she has a Native American ancestor. In a video released Monday, Warren asked Stanford University professor and genetics expert Carlos Bustamante what the "facts" said. He replied, "The facts suggest that you absolutely have Native American ancestry in your pedigree." My family (including Fox News-watchers) sat together and talked about what they think of @realDonaldTrump's attacks on our heritage. And yes, a famous geneticist analyzed my DNA and concluded that it contains Native American ancestry.
Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren took the rare step Monday of releasing her DNA test results examining her possible Native American ancestry, tries to eliminate critics' line of attack against her. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's heavily promoted DNA test showing she likely has some Native American ancestry ended up handing more fodder to Republican critics, who pointed out the test results indicate she could actually have less Native American heritage than the average European American. Warren, D-Mass., took the rare step Monday of sharing DNA test results examining her long-challenged Native American bloodline. According to the analysis, as first reported by The Boston Globe, "the vast majority" of Warren's family tree is European and there is "strong evidence" she has Native American ancestry "in the range of 6-10 generations ago." As reported by the Globe, this means she could be between 1/64 and 1/1,024 Native American (though the newspaper initially published an erroneous figure and had to correct it).