Elizabeth Warren rejects DNA test to settle Native American heritage claim

Warren’s ‘Native American’ problem is only going to get worse

"I've written before about the disproportionate unfairness of decrying Warren's dodge on this matter, given Trump's blatant lies on so much more", she wrote. Warren and the National Congress of American Indians consider it a racial slur when used as shorthand for Native Americans. "My brothers and I, we grew up in Oklahoma, we know our story from our mom and our dad, and our grandmothers and our grandfather, and from our aunts".

Roberts said a local paper in western MA that previously endorsed her Senate run urged her to "take the spit test" as a way to silence critics, including the president.

Trump has long referred to Warren as "Pocahontas", even in front of decorated Navajo veterans in the Oval Office, in reference to controversy over her claim of Native American ancestry.

"This is a group that is being injured every single day", Warren said.

However, Warren's reflection of her heritage remains based on what she was told by her parents.

Warren's public embrace of her family story could carry political risks - but not necessarily from Trump.

Warren has said she didn't use her heritage claim to get ahead, although she ended up in university directories listed as minority faculty.

Harvard Law School now has only one tenured minority woman, Gottlieb Professor of Law Elizabeth Warren, who is Native American.

She said her parents survived the Great Depression and other hardships as they raised her and her three brothers.

"Only Elizabeth Warren can answer why she assumed a Native American identity as she was climbing the career ladder in academia", Lindstrom said. At a Saturday rally in Pennsylvania to boost GOP special election candidate Rick Saccone, Trump alluded to a potential run by Warren, saying that "ratings" for news media companies would go down if she or Senator Bernie Sanders ran on the Democratic ticket.

Last November Trump used the name at an event honoring Native American Code Talkers who served in World War II. "It's part of who I am and no one's ever going to take that away".

Harvard Law School professor Charles Fried, who helped recruit Warren, has called any suggestion she enjoyed an affirmative-action benefit "nonsense".

In the end, he said, voters are more interested in fundamentals like the economy. Chuck Todd asked Warren if she would take the DNA test as the Berkshire Eagle suggested.

"It could maybe put that issue to rest", Archilla said, "but I think a lot of people just have issues with Elizabeth Warren in general".



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