Sen. Elizabeth Warren – Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert
Published March 12, 2018
WASHINGTON – Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) rejected a Massachusetts newspaper’s suggestion to take a DNA test to prove her American Indian heritage.
“I know who I am and never used it for anything,” Warren said Sunday morning in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Never got any benefit from it anywhere.”
On the program, Warren held her ground on the family oral history passed down from one generation to the next. As she did during an address before the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) last month, Warren said her parents fell in love and eloped because her father’s side of the family opposed him marrying her mother because of she had American Indian blood.
“That’s the story that my brothers and I all learned from our mom and our dad, from our grandparents, from all of our aunts and uncles,” Warren said. “It’s a part of me, and nobody’s going to take that part of me away.”
Warren’s claim to American Indian heritage has caused President Donald Trump to continually mock her by calling her “Pocahontas.”
“But now we have a president who can’t make it through a ceremony honoring Native American war heroes without reducing Native history, Native culture, Native people to the butt of a joke,” Warren said at the NCAI Winter Session in Washington, D.C. last month. “The joke, I guess, is supposed to be on me.”
Warren, a frequently mentioned potential 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidate told Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” she is not running for president in 2020.