We already know that Elizabeth Warren’s claim of Native American ancestry is silly, because the results of her DNA test show that she might be something like 1/256th American Indian. What’s more, she’s lied in the past, listing herself simply as “Native American,” which is unequivocally untrue.
But according to the nation’s largest and oldest Native American organization, the National Congress of Indians, it gets even worse.
A paper on the NCAI website, written to answer Native American leader’s concerns about claims people make that they are of American Indian heritage, states that it’s not possible:
One type of DNA testing called DNA fingerprinting can be used to help document close biological relationships, such as those between parents and children, as well as among other close family members. Other kinds of testing for genetic ancestry use markers to see how similar an individual is to a broader population or group, based on probabilities drawn from databases of research on populations and group genetic characteristics.
However, no DNA testing can “prove” an individual is American Indian and/or Alaska Native, or has ancestry from a specific tribe. Genetic testing can provide evidence for the biological relationship between two individuals (e.g., paternity testing), but there are no unique genes for individual tribes or American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) ancestry in general. While research scientists have found that some genetic markers are found mostly only in AI/ANs, these markers are neither unique to AI/ANs nor predictive of AI/AN identity.
Actual Native Americans are properly outraged that she’s claiming to share their heritage.
“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,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in a statement. “Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”
Warren should not only be ashamed of herself, she has harmed her presidential prospects by showing herself a fool and an liar. The Democrats have plenty of other potential candidates, and will more likely choose one a little less strange. Althogh given the currrent roster, I’m not sure that’s possible.