"I believe in transparency", she said, pointing to her decision to release her tax returns back to 2008, and every employment document "that we could lay our hands on" to show that her claims to Native American blood did not help her professionally.
"It adds fuel to that misconception that I can go out, get a DNA test and then, boom, that's all I really need", said Brandon Scott, a Cherokee Nation citizen and the executive editor of tribe's newspaper, the Cherokee Phoenix.
A mere 13 years later, though, during her first run for the U.S. Senate, Warren claimed she had no idea she was being celebrated by her employers as the "first woman of color" or how in the world the school discovered she self-identified as "Native American".
In a statement, Jamal Abdi, president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), said the comments were "racist", "absolutely disgusting", and disqualifying for a sitting US senator to make.
Native Americans also resented Trump's continuing use of Indian heritage as a means to mock Warren, a Democratic senator from MA who is widely expected to run for president in 2020. "I have a feeling she will say 'no'".
The remark prompted outrage online Tuesday morning.
But Warren now has documentation to back up her family lore - an analysis of her genetic data performed by Carlos Bustamante, a professor of genetics at Stanford and adviser to Ancestry and 23 and Me. He also suggested that Warren's DNA test belittled DNA tests in general. But that means she only would be between 1/64 and 1/1024 Native American-possibly less than the average European American, according to one 2014 study.
It is important to note that even the most accurate DNA ancestry test results have a range of error, and different ancestry companies that use different algorithms can produce somewhat different reports.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to reclaim her Native American heritage, but President Donald Trump doesn't appear to be done with it yet. President Trump seized on that statement to call her a "phony" on Tuesday and urged her to apologize.
Elizabeth Warren ultimately released her DNA results in order to prove to her critics she was not lying to get ahead. "That will not be something I'll enjoy doing, either".
Although the conventional wisdom among students and faculty is that the Law School faculty includes no minority women, Chmura said Professor of Law Elizabeth Warren is Native American.
DNA tests are typically done using a sample swabbed from the inside of a person's cheek. The controversy also brings her head-to-head with the sitting president before such a race even begins, boosting her national profile even more. "You better read it again".
"Her mother says she has high cheekbones", Trump mockingly told a rally in Great Falls, Montana on July 5.
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