Cherokee Nation Rejects Pocahontas: “Dishonoring Tribal Governments”
The Cherokee Indian Tribe has responded to the Sen. Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren’s (D-Mass.) claim that a DNA test proves her Native American heritage, and they are not happy.
“Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. issued the following statement Monday in response to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test claiming Native Heritage,” said a statement Tweeted by The Oklahoman reporter Justin Wingerter.
Inbox: Cherokee Nation responds to Senator Warren’s DNA test. pic.twitter.com/Sh8aNZgyAT
— Justin Wingerter (@JustinWingerter) October 15, 2018
The statement reads:
“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America. Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well-documented and whose heritage is proven. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”
It looks like the Cherokee’s want nothing to do with Warren, and who could blamed them?