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Indigenous DNA no proof of Indigenous identity, says Native studies scholar – Folio

by ahnationtalk on November 6, 201882 Views

Elizabeth Warren’s claim to Native ancestry is just one more attempt by settlers to define race, says U of A’s Kim TallBear.

The day after American Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren announced to the world that she did, in fact, have Indigenous DNA, Kim TallBear was so inundated with media requests for expert commentary, she decided to issue a press release on Twitter.

The tweet went viral, and she was quoted extensively in the U.S. media.

Warren had been making a claim to Cherokee ancestry for years—at least since 2012. But after taunting by President Donald Trump—who repeatedly called her “Pocahontas” at political rallies—she released the results of a DNA test showing a strong likelihood she had a Native American ancestor six to 10 generations back.

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