Elizabeth Warren offers private apology to Cherokee Nation leader

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at an event on Jan. 18 in Claremont N.H

"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", Julie Hubbard, Cherokee executive director of communications, told Tulsa World.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has apologized to the Cherokee Nation for taking a DNA test in an attempt to prove her Native American heritage, The Intercept reports.

In her response, she clarified: "I am not a person of color; I am not a citizen of a tribe".

Warren's DNA test caused backlash and even a statement from the Cherokee Nation condemning the stunt. He went on to explain that it offends the tribe "when some of our national leaders seek to ascribe inappropriately membership or citizenship to themselves", adding, "They would be welcome to our table as friends, but claiming to be family to gain a spot at the table is unwelcome".

The DNA test has become a flash point for the Democrat, who is expected to officially announce her presidential candidacy next Saturday in MA. "Tribal citizenship is very different than ancestry".

President Donald Trump has repeatedly mocked Warren for her claims, calling her "Pocahontas" in at least 16 separate tweets. It was widely viewed as a serious stumble by Warren, with mockery from conservatives over how marginal her claim was and derision from progressives for delving into race science. "Tribes, and only tribes, determine tribal citizenship, and I respect that difference", Warren said.

Instead of sweeping aside lingering questions about her identifying as Native American for several years as a law professor, the test results triggered a barrage of criticism and calls to apologize.

Potential 2020 U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) takes the stage at an Organizing Event in Claremont, New Hampshire, U.S., January 18, 2019. "Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage". She grew up in Oklahoma and has long said her father's family didn't approve of his marriage to Warren's mother, because she was part Native American. These recipes were credited in the book to "Elizabeth Warren, Cherokee". Though the test showed that she likely has an indigenous ancestor six to 10 generations back, her touting of the results in a highly produced video to back up her claims of Cherokee ancestry outraged some Native Americans.

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