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Sen. Warren Apologizes to Cherokee Nation for DNA Test

HeadlineFeb 04, 2019

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren apologized to the Cherokee Nation for taking a DNA test to demonstrate her Native American ancestry. A spokesperson for the Cherokee Nation told The Intercept that Warren privately apologized to the nation last week. Warren came under fire for the widely publicized release of the DNA test in October, which was accompanied by a video, claiming “strong evidence” of partial Native American lineage in her family tree. In response, Chuck Hoskin Jr. of the Cherokee Nation said, “Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong.” Senator Warren, who announced on New Year’s Eve that she was setting up a presidential exploratory committee, is expected to formally announce her run later this week.

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