Oct 17, 2018

Elizabeth Warren defends DNA test after Native American criticism

Elizabeth Warren

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In an interview with the Boston Globe, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) defended her decision to release a DNA test showing she is between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American, but expressed regret about not being clearer about the distinction between tribal citizenship and ancestry during her time as a law professor.

"I have an election. Donald Trump goes in front of crowds multiple times a week to attack me. Both of my opponents have made the same attack. I got this analysis back, and I made it public. ... There’s a distinction between citizenship and ancestry. I wish I had been more mindful of that distinction. The tribes and only the tribes determine citizenship."

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