Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released the results of a DNA analysis indicating she is between one-32nd and one-512th Native American, The Boston Globe reported Monday morning.
Late Monday morning, however, the Globe had to correct its own math on the DNA test results. “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,” (down from one-512th), the publication said.
Several hours after that, the Globe had to again correct another part of their reporting, adjusting the math on its higher sixth-generation figure from one-32nd to one-64th — “which puts Warren’s most optimistic claim to Native ancestry below 2 percent of her DNA,” Breitbart noted.
Boston Globe issues another correction on the Warren story: She is "between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American.” https://t.co/km3p4z5ycO
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) October 15, 2018
“The minimum requirement to claim membership in most Native American tribes ranges from 1/8 (12.5 percent) to 1/2 (50 percent),” reported Breitbart.
“A few tribes have a minimum requirement of 1/16 (six percent).”
“My family (including Fox News watchers) sat together and talked about what they think of @realDonaldTrump’s attacks on our heritage,” Warren said in a Monday morning tweet.
“And yes, a famous geneticist analyzed my DNA and concluded that it contains Native American ancestry.”
My family (including Fox News-watchers) sat together and talked about what they think of @realDonaldTrump’s attacks on our heritage. And yes, a famous geneticist analyzed my DNA and concluded that it contains Native American ancestry. pic.twitter.com/r3SNzP22f8
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) October 15, 2018
The analyst’s calculations indicated that Warren’s “pure Native American ancestor” appears in her family tree “in the range of 6-10 generations ago,” according to the Globe, paralleling Warren’s statements that her great-great-great grandmother was “at least partially Native American.”
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President Donald Trump has openly mocked Warren for her claims of Native American ancestry, which reportedly helped her obtain entry into Harvard Law faculty.
The president refers to Warren jokingly as “Pocahontas,” and said at a Montana rally in July that he would donate $1 million to the charity of her choice if she could prove her ancestry.
Harvard Law School in the 1990s touted Warren as being Native American. “They singled her out, Warren later acknowledged, because she had listed herself as a minority in an Association of American Law Schools directory,” reported CNN last year.
Warren’s critics point out that in her student applications and during her time as a teacher at the University of Texas, she did not list herself as a minority, noted CNN.
“Who cares?” Trump responded about Warren’s DNA results during a brief press event on Monday morning.
The president also said Monday morning that he hoped Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) runs for president because “she’d be very easy” to beat.
Appended to Warren’s tweet about her DNA results is a video titled “Elizabeth Warren’s Family Story.”
“The facts suggest that you absolutely have a Native American ancestor in your pedigree,” Dr. Carlos Bustamante says in the video.
Bustamante, a Stanford University genetics professor, has advised companies such as Ancestry.com, 23 and Me, and Helix.
“I’m not enrolled in a tribe, and only tribes determine citizenship,” Warren says in the video, as she pages through what appears to be a family photo album.
“I understand and respect that distinction, but my family history is my family history.”
“Blood quantum” is the amount of “Indian blood” an individual possesses, said NPR; the mathematical calculation is used to determine eligibility for tribal citizenship, and tribes vary in their quantum requirements.
The video features comments from her family members, clips of President Trump and others questioning her claims of Native American ancestry, and clips of administrators, colleagues and students who praise her academic credentials and deny that minority status played any role in Warren’s hiring for various positions.
One of the senator’s aides told the Globe that the original DNA sample was sent to an unidentified private lab in Georgia, and Bustamante further analyzed the data that lab provided.
Normally tribes require you to be, at a minimum, one-sixteenth Native American to be eligible for consideration. So the DNA test actually proves Warren faked her claim to Indian identity for professional advancement https://t.co/3QV0iwogVe
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) October 15, 2018
All this aside, this entire issue is NUTS. Warren is foolish to act like this should give her some sort of special claim to being oppressed. I'm not sure which voters this little act plays well for.
— Liz Wolfe (@lizzywol) October 15, 2018
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Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to LifeZette.