Massachusetts Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren has for decades claimed that she has American Indian heritage, but a new DNA test proves her claim to be laughable.
Warren has claimed that she is a “Cherokee” and has tried to convince people that she has a close ancestor who was native American. She even parlayed that claim into a lucrative job in the field of education before she became a U.S. Senator.
But the newly revealed DNA test proves that her closest native American relative figures in about 150 yers ago or so, making her only 1/1024 (0.098%) Native American. This amount of native bloodline is infinitesimal and does not legally entitle her to get tax breaks, or jobs allocated for minorities.
According to Breitbart News:
According to Warren’s own DNA test, she has, at best, 1 1/32nd Native American ancestry, but it could also be as low as 1/512. Percentage-wise, she can claim somewhere between 0.1 percent to 3.125 percent Native lineage.
The minimum requirement to claim membership in most Native American tribes ranges from 1/8 (12.5 percent) to 1/2 (50 percent). A few tribes have a minimum requirement of 1/16 (six percent).
The Boston Globe, a newspaper that has spent years trying to protect Warren on this issue, broke the details of Warren’s DNA test and analysis Monday morning. The article’s author, Annie Linsky, similarly provided cover for Warren’s past in September with a story declaring: “her claim to Native American ethnicity was never considered by the Harvard Law faculty… At every step of her remarkable rise in the legal profession, the people responsible for hiring her saw her as a white woman.”
However, Linsky admits, Warren changed her ethnicity from “white” to “Native American” both at University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she taught from 1987 to 1995, and at Harvard Law School, where she had tenure starting in 1995.
Assuming this DNA test is accurate, Warren can still make no claim to membership in a Cherokee tribe. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has a minimum threshold of 1/16 “blood quantum,” and the United Keetowah Band’s threshold is 1/4 blood quantum. The Cherokee Nation does not have any minimum threshold for ancestry, but for membership, it does require that an individual “provide documents that connect you to a direct ancestor listed on one of the Dawes Final Rolls of Citizens of the Cherokee Nation.” The Dawes Rolls do not include any of Warren’s ancestors.
Indeed, even the writer of the Boston Globe puff piece did his math wrong.
The credulous reporter who wrote the Warren DNA piece didn't do the math correctly (and this is before getting into why the particular test, which didn't even use American Indian DNA to compare, was garbage). Six generations removed is 1/64. Ten removed is 1/1024 (0.098%).
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 15, 2018
The Globe article now carries the “correction” as follows:
Correction: Due to a math error, a story about Elizabeth Warren misstated the ancestry percentage of a potential 10th generation relative. It should be 1/1,024.
The DNA test pretty much shows that Warren is a liar to the extent that she claimed her Native American bloodline was much greater than it actually is. Indeed, it is so small that using her criteria nearly everyone can claim to be a minority of some sort or another.
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