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Warren Promises War After Proof of Native American Blood

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WASHINGTON — October 18, 2018

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has released a DNA test that provides “strong evidence’’ she had a Native American in her family tree dating back 6 to 10 generations. Really, what it means is she is less than 0.1% Indian and 100% something else.

"You have to be 1/16 Native American to claim any Native American benefits. She tested at a MAX possible of 3%," said an anonymous author in the response of the report.

Warren is one of the top possible candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.

She has repeatedly claimed to have Native American blood, and Trump and his supporters urged her to take a DNA test. After being mocked himself, Trump made a more official appeal to Warren to find out her genetics.

The results were provided by Sunday in an effort to defuse questions about her ancestry that have persisted for years. She planned an elaborate rollout of the results on Monday as she aimed for widespread attention.

The analysis of Warren's DNA was done by Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor and expert in the field who won a 2010 MacArthur Fellowship, also known as a genius grant, for his work on tracking population migration via DNA analysis.

He concluded that "the vast majority" of Warren's ancestry is European, but he added that "the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor."

Trump had earlier given Warren the nickname “Pocahontas” at a rally in Montana for allegedly making up the story about her Indian roots. He called on her at that time to take a DNA and even promised to donate $1 million to a charity of her choice, if the DNA test confirms the Senator's statements.

"I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you're an Indian," Trump said. "I have a feeling she will say no but hold it for the debates."

Warren responded that she is extremely outraged by the president’s behavior, claiming he is mocking and condemning Native Americans.

"He's trying to do what he always does to women who scare him: call us names, attack us personally, shrink us down to feel better about himself," the Massachusetts Democrat responded on Twitter after Trump made the comment during an appearance in Georgia. "It may soothe his ego, but it won’t work."

Warren has said that her claim is based on family stories pass down through the generations.

"I am very proud of my heritage," she told NPR in 2012. "These are my family stories. This is what my brothers and I were told by my mom and my dad, my mammaw and my pappaw. This is our lives. And I'm very proud of it."

In that account and others, a genealogist traced Warren's Native American heritage to the late 19th century.

Warren’s analysis was done by Standford professor, prominent DNA expert, and American-Peruvian scientist Carlos Bustamante. He found that the vast majority of Warren's progenitors were European, but there was strong evidence of the presence of Native American genes in her bloodline, from the sixth to the tenth generation.

This fits with the words of Warren herself, who claims that her great-great-grandmother was, at least in part, a Native American. Warren thus concluded she is 1/32 Native American.

The results of the analysis were published on the Boston Globe media along with a video of Warren's election campaign (in September, she said that she would "seriously think" about the opportunity to run for president in the next election). In it, Warren says: "the President likes to accuse my mother of lying. But what do the facts say?” Bustamante replies: "The facts indicate that there were certainly Native Americans in her bloodline."

On Monday, Trump first denied that he made a promise to pay money for the test, and then added: "I will do it only if I can personally do the analysis. And not that it would give me pleasure."

Warren called Trump a "cowardly elitist,” on Twitter, adding that she "won't sit quietly for Trump's racism," and thus she took the test.

"I took this test and released the results for anyone who cares to see because I've got nothing to hide. What are YOU hiding, @realDonaldTrump?" she wrote. "Release your tax returns - or the Democratic-led House will do it for you soon enough. Tick-tock, Mr. President."

Warren's comment refers to the upcoming November 6 midterm elections. Democrats hope to get the majority of seats in the US House of Representatives, which will allow them to study and possibly publish Trump's tax documents.

Trump has bucked decades of precedent by refusing to release his income tax returns during the 2016 presidential election and after taking office.

Returning to the topic of the presence of American roots in Warren's blood, it is worth noting that her test had a negative impact on the public.

In particular, Warren’s critics accuse her of moving up the career ladder, insisting that she had representatives of the Cherokee and Delaware tribes among her ancestors.

Media also noted that an ancestor of the 10th generation would make Warren only 1/512 Native American, which only emboldens her critics.

One her first critics was Scott Brown, her Republican opponent in the Senate race, who accused her in April 2012 of fabricating her Indian heritage to gain an advantage in the job market.

The biggest controversy came in 1986-1995 when the Boston Globe reported that Warren had listed herself as a racial minority in the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Directory of Law Teachers.

Harvard Law School had identified Warren as a "woman of color" in response to criticisms about a lack of faculty diversity. Former colleagues and supervisors at universities where she had worked stated that Warren's ancestry played no role in her hiring. Warren stated that she had listed herself as a minority to meet people of similar heritage, and was unaware that Harvard had listed her as a woman of color.

In her 2014 autobiography, as a response to criticism, Warren stated that she gained no career advantage from her stated heritage, and described the allegations as untrue and hurtful.

In particular, Warren said that her family's ancestry forced her parents to elope: "As a kid, I never asked my mom for documentation when she talked about our Native American heritage. What kid would? But I knew my father's family didn't like that she was part Cherokee and part Delaware, so my parents had to elope."

Many social networks users still doubt her heritage, saying she should go to jail for perjury.

"Her statements are in doubt, but it sounds vile to the whole nation," said one man who noted that he is an expert in the field of genetics. "She just admitted that she fraudulently claimed to be a member of a minority group, when she doesn't meet the legal threshold of 1/16. She lied and illegally benefited."

Speaking of law, for generations, people have used their mixed-race background to gain advantages in society. Many who were half-black, for instance, "passed" for white to avoid discrimination.

Today, some people have flipped the "one-drop rule" to claim minority status to try to gain perceived advantages in scholarships, college admission, and in the workplace. In response, the Coalition of Bar Associations of Color passed a resolution last year urging law schools to treat the practice of "box checking" as "academic ethnic fraud."

Different tribes handle the question differently, especially when it comes to health care and education benefits tribe members receive and how tribes use profits from tribal gaming businesses, which generate an average of $26 billion in revenue a year.

But there is one main rule that reads "Prior to 1963, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians granted tribal membership to anyone who could prove he was 1/32 Cherokee..."

"For those who applied after 1963, the standards went up to 1/16. Bill John Baker, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation — an umbrella group which includes the Eastern Cherokee — is 1/32 Cherokee, which was the subject of a minor controversy prior to his election, but obviously not a deal-breaker. In other words, without wading too deeply into ongoing debates within the Native American community, Warren could make a fairly legitimate claim to the title."

Thus, experts say, if a person is going to state he's a Native American, he must submit proof that meets the requirements.

In Warren’s case, her proof is unconvincing and the tribe’s rules remain in force despite her pride for her supposed heritage.

It should also be noted that Warren not only counts herself as a Native American, but also openly supports so-called American witches, who resist all who stand in their way, "whether it be the police, whether it be the President."

If the Democrats pull ahead in the midterms, there will likely be a real fight, with both sides coming out in force. Then Warren will have to show her real power and prove her Native American ancestry, so as not to disgrace her fellow Democrats.

Author: USA Really