Elizabeth Warren releases DNA analysis as evidence of Native American heritage

Sen. Elizabeth Warren addresses a town hall meeting in Roxbury Mass. earlier this month

Thus, the president has dubbed her "Pocahontas" - and, in June, vowed to donate $1 million to a charity of Warren's choice if she could produce a DNA test showing that she did, in fact, have indigenous heritage.

Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren has released her long-anticipated DNA results and is receiving harsh backlash over the findings.

While the report found that the vast majority of Warren's ancestry is European, the test strongly suggests that at one point in time, likely 6-10 generations ago, there is "strong evidence" that one Native American ancestor may have joined her pedigree.

"I'm going to get one of those little kits and in the middle of the debate, when she proclaims that she's of Indian heritage because her mother said she has high cheekbones - that's her only evidence, that her mother said she has high cheekbones", Trump told the crowd in Montana.

Warren's purported Native American heritage was touted by Harvard Law School when she was a professor there. "You better read it again", Trump said.

"The approach he took was solid", she said, "and I would trust these results".

It's not clear Warren's hiring there or anywhere else had anything to do with her heritage.

The lawmaker is considered among a handful of front-running Democrats who could challenge Trump in 2020.

Asked by reporters about Warren's DNA test, Trump responded dismissively: "Who cares?".

During Mr Obama's campaign, Mr Trump called repeatedly for him to release his birth certificate to prove he was born in America.

When pressed about his $1 million pledge, Trump told reporters, "I didn't say that".

Warren's release of the results was criticized by Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., who said; "Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong". "I know that everybody likes to pick their junk science and sound science depending on the conclusion it seems some days".

In a video posted to her website, Warren calls up Carlos Bustamante, a professor of genetics at Stanford and adviser to Ancestry and 23 and Me, while sitting behind a laptop. And you make me look very bad, ' Trump said.

He said it was surprising that a potential serious presidential candidate would make her first campaign act be the disclosure of DNA results. Warren claims Cherokee and DE heritage -- both of which use membership rolls to determine who qualifies for tribal citizenship, which Warren has never claimed. She's expected to easily win her reelection to the Senate this November, and has said she'll take a "hard look" at the presidency after the midterms. This is in part because Native American leaders have asked tribal members not to participate in genetic databases...

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