Potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks about federal government employees working without pay and workers trying to unionize at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., January 21, 2019. 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.
Warren called Bill John Baker, the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, on Thursday afternoon to apologize for advertising her DNA test in response to President Trump's mockingly labeling her "Pocahontas" and questioning the validity of her claim.
"I am not a person of color", she said. He began referring to the MA lawmaker using the slur Pocahontas and requested that she take a DNA test to prove her Native American status.
The tribe has explained that DNA isn't a deciding factor for its membership; direct lineage from historic tribal members is. She has formed an exploratory committee and is expected to formally announce her presidential campaign February 9 after teasing the date on Twitter. "Tribal citizenship is very different than ancestry".
Cherokee Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. wrote in the Tulsa World previous year: "We know that many people across the nation have treasured family stories about having Native lineage. Tribes and only tribes determine tribal citizenship".
Trump had even offered $1 million to Warren's favourite charity if she took "the test and it shows you're an Indian", he said. While the tribe did not reveal the exact wording of her apology, they said that Warren had recently "reached out" to them.
The Massachusetts senator faced swift backlash from USA tribes and Republicans over the move, which came just before she announced her 2020 presidential bid.
In the face of such criticisms, Warren initially defended her decision to release the DNA test, which was accompanied by a promotional video featuring her family members. "Tribes, and only tribes, determine tribal citizenship, and I respect that difference", Warren said. "Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage". "They singled her out, Warren later acknowledged, because she had listed herself as a minority in an Association of American Law Schools directory".
DNA results showed Elizabeth Warren did have Native American DNA dating back six-10 generations. She signed her entries "Elizabeth Warren - Cherokee".