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Elizabeth Warren privately apologizes for DNA test according to Cherokee Nation

Elizabeth Warren privately apologizes for DNA test according to Cherokee Nation

But no indication Warren has apologized for claiming to be Native American while climbing the law professor ladder to Harvard Law School.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwbFOJqQKEM

Elizabeth Warren launched her presidential exploratory committee on New Year’s Eve day 2018, including the now-infamous beer drinking live stream. She is expected to launch her official campaign next week.

Ever since her 2012 Senate campaign, Warren has attempted to shift the conversation away from her Native American controversy. The problem is two-fold.

First, Warren falsely claimed to be Native American for employment purposes when she was climbing the law professor ladder to Harvard. Second, Warren rolled out a DNA test in October 2018 which showed her to be as little as 1/1024th Native American by DNA profile, and more important, offended and enraged actual Native Americans who do not use or accept DNA tests as a measure.

We reported the Cherokee Nation raction in Cherokee Nation: “Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”

“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin, Jr. said. “Sovereign tribal national 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. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”

Warren has been making an extensive and mostly behind-the-scenes effort to mend fences with Native American groups for almost two years in preparation for running for president. But the fear remains even among her supporters that Warren’s Native American problem would haunt her campaign the way emails haunted Hillary, Former Elizabeth Warren adviser: DNA test a “strategic failure” that was “depressing and unforgettable”.

Despite the backlash, Warren consistently defended the DNA test. In early December 2018, The NY Times reported, Elizabeth Warren Stands by DNA Test. But Around Her, Worries Abound:

Advisers close to Ms. Warren say she has privately expressed concern that she may have damaged her relationships to Native American groups and her own standing with activists, particularly those who are racial minorities. Several outside advisers are even more worried: They say they believe a plan should be made to repair that damage, possibly including a strong statement of apology.

The advisers say Ms. Warren will have to confront the issue again if she announces a presidential campaign, which is expected in the coming weeks, and several would like her to act soon.

Publicly, at this point, the senator isn’t second-guessing her actions.

“There have been a lot of thoughtful conversations about this, and I appreciate that,” Ms. Warren said in an interview. “I believe for everyone in public life that transparency is crucial.”

Asked if the criticism of the test has inspired any regret, Ms. Warren said: “I put it out there. It’s on the internet for anybody to see. People can make of it what they will. I’m going to continue fighting on the issues that brought me to Washington.”

When questioned at a big campaign event in Iowa in early January, Warren again defended the test and said she was putting it all out there for everyone to see, First voter question to Elizabeth Warren in Sioux City: “Why did you undergo the DNA testing?”

While Warren has not apologized publicly for the DNA test, Cherokee leaders report that she has done so privately.

Tulsa World reports, ‘We are encouraged by her action’: Sen. Elizabeth Warren apologizes to Cherokee Nation, tribal officials confirm:

Reportedly planning to make her presidential bid official this month, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has apologized to the Cherokee Nation for publicizing a DNA test that shows she has distant Native American ancestors, tribal officials confirmed to the Tulsa World late Thursday.

Officials didn’t explain exactly how Warren extended the apology, only that she has “reached out” to the tribe in recent days.

“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,” said Julie Hubbard, the tribe’s executive director of communications. “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.” ….

Hoskins reiterated the tribe’s objections this week by writing an opinion column for the Tulsa World, comparing Warren’s claim of Native ancestry to a family friend who oversteps boundaries by claiming to be an actual member of the family.

From the description in Tulsa World, it appears that Warren has not apologized for claiming to be Native American for employment purposes, only for the DNA test.

Emails to the Warren campaign and Cherokee Nation seeking comment have not been returned as of this writing.

This illustrates, once again, that that Warren’s Native American problem is not going away, It continues to percolate under the surface even when not dominating the news, just like Hillary’s emails.

UPDATE

The NY Times reports on the apology:

Senator Elizabeth Warren has tried to put a nagging controversy behind her by apologizing privately to a leader of the Cherokee Nation for her decision to take a DNA test to prove her Native American ancestry last year, a move that had angered some tribal leaders and ignited a significant political backlash.

But mixed reactions among prominent Native American critics Friday suggested that Ms. Warren might still have further to go.

Some Native American leaders gave her credit for the apology and political figures, for the most part, downplayed the issue.

But others remain unsatisfied.

“This still isn’t transparent,” said Twila Barnes, a Cherokee genealogist who has been critical of Ms. Warren’s claims of native ancestry since it became national news in 2012. “She needs to go public and say she fully takes responsibility and that the DNA test was ridiculous. There is still something about this that feels off.” ….

On Thursday, Ms. Warren called Bill John Baker, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, to apologize for the DNA test, said Julie Hubbard, a spokeswoman for the tribe. She called it a “brief and private” conversation.

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Willful intent to deceive.

Why not just go to the Tribal Council to inquire about her heritage because, after all, her Mom had high cheekbones instead of relying on an unhelpful DNA test administered by a Stanford professor you might ask.

So she’s sorry she got caught and that people found out.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to UJ. | February 1, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    That still doesn’t restore the Billion$ of Dollars she has stolen thereby from Native Americans via her Fraud…..

legacyrepublican | February 1, 2019 at 11:11 am

Warren doesn’t have enough wampum in her teepee to overcome her inappropriate claim of being Cherokee.

Reminds me of this quote from Quiz Show –

I’m happy that you’ve made the statement. But I cannot agree with most of my colleagues. See, I don’t think an adult of your intelligence should be commended for simply, at long last, telling the truth.

Even without all of this baggage, just listen to the way she talks. She is an obnoxious scold. It doesn’t matter what she is saying, her voice and delivery are so annoying that you just want to press the “off” button. She’s everyone’s worst example of the meddling mother-in-law.

Colonel Travis | February 1, 2019 at 12:24 pm

Who the hell would support this blatant liar? You’d have to have zero principles. Oh yeah – we’re talking about Democrats.

“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,” said Julie Hubbard, the tribe’s executive director of communications.

Oh, so that’s it. And there I was, thinking it had something to do with an ancestral involvement with aboriginal casinos, tax-free cigarettes, and little stores selling fireworks. Nice to have that cleared up.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to tom_swift. | February 1, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Notice……what Lizzie will completely ignore in that statement:

    “… is rooted in centuries ….laws…”

It is rumored she is going to run Nathan Phillips on her ticket in order to drum up votes. Her campaign slogan will be “in your face paleface.” The media will eat it up.

Elizabeth Warren Apologizes to Cherokee Nation for DNA Test

Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who is running for her party’s presidential nomination, has apologized to the Cherokee Nation for her decision to take a DNA test to prove her Native American ancestry, a move that had angered some tribal leaders and ignited a significant political backlash.

The apology comes as Ms. Warren is set to formally kick off her presidential run this month after recent visits to early nominating states like Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. It also comes after repeated calls for her to apologize from tribal leaders, political operatives, and her own advisers, who said her October decision to take the DNA test gave undue credence to the controversial claim that race could be determined by blood — and politically, played into President Trump’s hands.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/01/us/politics/elizabeth-warren-cherokee-dna.html

Why not apologize or the whole “Native American schtick” ?

Privately??

Then “how” did it get into the media so fast?

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | February 1, 2019 at 7:52 pm

LAND OF GOSHEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Botox Vats must be totally empty
if you look at Lizzie’s mug.

Grovel Pretendian, grovel.

Antifundamentalist | February 1, 2019 at 9:20 pm

Democrats will forgive another Democrat anything (rape, domestic violence, theft, perjury, KKK membership,etc.) but will demand the head of a non-democrat for simply existing.

eyeroll – this woman is just so ridiculous. You aren’t going to win, just take the loss. As murkyv put it – private?

Because I hear the term every time the MSM talks about Michael Cohen….The MSM are democrat fixers.

She released the results in a very public pr stunt (that the Donald pushed her into, bravo) so she should apologize publicly. Its really no different than Northam

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