Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Sunday released the results of a DNA test that suggests “strong evidence” that she has some Native American blood.
President Trump has mocked Warren, D-Mass., as "Pocahontas" for her claims that she is a descendant of Native Americans. The report, which was provided to the Boston Globe, indicated that Warren most likely had a Native American ancestor dating back six or 10 generations.
Stanford University professor Carlos Bustamante analyzed Warren’s DNA and said the "vast majority” of Warren’s ancestry is European. But he concluded that “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor.”
Warren sent out a campaign email and launched a “Fact Squad website” Monday morning that detailed her family’s claims of Native American ancestry and said her ancestry was not considered by Harvard Law when they hired her.
The senator from Massachusetts said she set up the website because she’s “not afraid of the facts.”
“The first Native American in our family that can be proved is generations back, and the geneticist says there could be others,” Warren said in her campaign email. “No matter. It’s my family, and – like it or not Donald Trump – my family’s stories are supported by this test.”
A video on the the “Fact Squad” webpage shows Warren and her family talking about their Native American heritage, and those who hired her into various teaching positions say her heritage had nothing to do with her hiring.
“My background played no role in my hiring,” Warren insisted in the video after detailing her family’s identity as Native American.
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President Trump nicknamed Warren “Pocahontas,” and has often mocked and made fun of her claims.
"I've got more Indian blood in me than Pocahontas, and I have none," Trump said in an interview with Fox News last week. "Hey, I have high cheekbones too, maybe I'm Indian.”