'We are encouraged by her action': Sen. Elizabeth Warren apologizes to Cherokee Nation, tribal officials confirm

BY MICHAEL OVERALL
Tulsa World
02/01/2019 12:00 PM
Reprinted with permission
Reportedly planning to make her presidential bid official this month, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has apologized to the Cherokee Nation for publicizing a DNA test that shows she has distant Native American ancestors, tribal officials confirmed to the Tulsa World late Thursday.

Officials didn’t explain exactly how Warren extended the apology, only that she has “reached out” to the tribe in recent days.

“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,” said Julie Hubbard, the tribe’s executive director of communications. “We are encouraged by her action and hope that the slurs and mockery of tribal citizens and Indian history and heritage will now come to an end.”

Critics have accused the Massachusetts Democrat — who was raised in Oklahoma — of advancing her career by claiming Cherokee heritage. And President Donald Trump has repeatedly mocked his potential 2020 challenger by calling her "Pocahontas," going so far as to offer $1 million to a charity of her choice if she took a DNA test that proved her claim.

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