Jason Chaffetz mocks Elizabeth Warren with Native American picture

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Both Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania listed her as "Native American" on their federal labor forms. In fact, the more important factor is connections to a documented Cherokee ancestor.

In a highly publicized video released by Warren this Monday, several of her former colleagues from University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Harvard Law School, University of Houston and Penn are shown testifying to strengths as an educator and decrying claims that she used her Native American heritage to advance her career. "Please send the check to the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center", she wrote, describing the organization as "a nonprofit working to protect Native women from violence".

At least some people outside Warren's campaign thought this was good politics, recasting Republican attacks on the senator's honesty as racist attacks on her ethnicity.

This week, the USA senator released a slick video with the results of her own DNA test. Elizabeth Warren has a new critic of her widely-panned DNA test: an actual descendant of Pocahontas.

Were her traditions, her values, her relationships entrenched in Native American tradition? It's illogical to suggest that these claims were the reason she was able to climb to the pinnacle of American public life, but they do come off as a little weird, worthy of further inspection and kitchen-table conversation. Trump added. "Thank you to the Cherokee Nation for revealing that Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to as Pocahontas, is a complete and total Fraud!"

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Warren said she never claimed to be part of the Cherokee tribe but rather wanted to corroborate her longtime claims of having Native American heritage. Now Cherokee Nation denies her, "DNA test is useless". She is more impactful and useful if she acknowledges the privilege that comes from being White and advocates to dismantle the systems that sustain the oppression of some over others. He showed Tuesday he is relishing an early 2020 showdown with Warren, lampooning her move in a withering tweet.

The test results were not exactly what Elizabeth Warren must have expected: The report on Warren's DNA concludes that there is "strong evidence" that the senator had a Native American in her family tree dating back six to 10 generations. The President most notoriously referred to Warren as Pocahontas at an official White House event honoring veteran Navajo code talkers.

Nevertheless, Hinderaker noted Harvard Law School back in the 1990s billed Warren as the first "woman of color" on its faculty, according to a 1995 Fordham Law Review article. It is all but certain that right after the midterm elections, she will launch a presidential campaign, which she is all but certain to lose. Warren can not identify as a Native American because she is not a citizen of the Cherokee Nation or any other Native American tribe and is not eligible to be one. "I understand that distinction".

In the end, Warren would fare better by simply embracing her USA citizenship.

"I'm not enrolled in a tribe, and only tribes determine tribal citizenship", Warren said in the video. About 99.9 per cent of human genes are shared, "and the ones that define how much melanin we have and so on and so forth are a very small part of our genetic load", she said in an interview. In an essay on CNN's website, Moya-Smith, whose forthcoming book is titled, "Your Spirit Animal is a Jackass", echoes other Native American writers and activists who decry Warren's absence on issues of great concern to tribal communities, including poverty, education, pipeline incursion controversies and crises of high sexual assault rates on reservations.

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