Canadian academic critical of US senator's DNA claim to Indigenous identity

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren D-Mass. speaks during a town hall-style gathering in Woburn Ma

Warren's decision to share the DNA results is an unprecedented move by an American politician, and sets her apart from both Hillary Clinton - who resisted releasing personal information - and Trump, who continues to refuse to release his tax returns.

Trump said a DNA test that Warren released showing she is 1/1,024th Native American only proves that her claim is a "scam and a lie".

An ancestor six generations removed would make Warren 1/64th Native American while an ancestor as much as 10 generations removed would render the Massachusetts Democrat only 1/1024th Native American, Blaine Bettinger, a genealogist and author who specializes in DNA evidence, explained to the Associated Press.

US President has mocked Elizabeth Warren, a potential opponent in 2020, as "Pocahontas". Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) made a "mockery" out of DNA tests and tribal nations. "Now Cherokee Nation denies her, 'DNA test is useless.' Even they don't want her. Phony!"

Warren strongly denied she was trying to claim tribal affiliation - and all along has denied using claims of Native-American ancestry to advance her career at Harvard University and other institutions.

Moya-Smith proceeded to question why Warren didn't say anything when Native American individuals fought back against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

On PBS "Newshour", anchor Judy Woodruff echoed: "Senator Elizabeth Warren released DNA tests today - results today. that support her claim of Native American ancestry".

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Warren's disclosure was met with a scoff by Trump, who succinctly said "who cares?" when asked about the results by reporters. Trump relishes a good fight, those close to him have said, and will hit back twice as hard when he's been attacked. "I'm taking it, and the result's going to be revealed here". "I think I can beat her".

Trump also claimed that Warren would not have been hired as a Harvard law professor if not for claiming to be a "person of color". During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump vowed to contribute $1 million to Warren's favorite charity if a DNA test proved her assertions. "I don't think that you go down into the gutter with Trump. Even the Cherokee tribe's not wanting to claim her as one of theirs".

Another claim in Trump's tweet bears correcting. "Okay? That will not be something I enjoy doing either", he said.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez, left, and congressional Democratic candidate Ayanna Pressley, second from the left.

"We appreciate Senator Warren's push to bring awareness to violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and families, who all too often are invisible to most Americans", NIWRC responded in a statement on its website. "You better read it again", he said.

Scientists told the New York Times in 2014 that European-Americans are 0.18% Native American on average, potentially making Warren less Native American than most European-Americans.

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