According to a DNA Test given to The Boston Globe, Elizabeth Warren is only 1/1024th Native American.
The inherent imprecision of the six-page DNA analysis could provide fodder for Warren’s critics. If her great-great-great-grandmother was Native American, that puts her at 1/32nd American Indian. But the report includes the possibility that she’s just 1/1024th Native American if the ancestor is 10 generations back.
Here is more from the Globe on the possibility of Warren’s ancestors being Natives.
Bustamante calculated that Warren’s pure Native American ancestor appears in her family tree “in the range of 6-10 generations ago.” That timing fits Warren’s family lore, passed down during her Oklahoma upbringing, that her great-great-great-grandmother, O.C. Sarah Smith, was at least partially Native American.
This test proves almost nothing. In fact, it further hurts Warren’s claims.
However, there is no proof of her specific claim to be part Cherokee.
Much of Warren’s claim to American Indian heritage was debunked in 2014 when official documents, including a marriage certificate, appeared to prove that Warren’s story about her parents being forced to elope due to her mother’s Indian heritage was not true.
In 2012, Warren told the Boston Globe, “My father’s family so objected to my mother’s Native American heritage that my mother told me they had to elope.” But there appears to be a marriage certificate and contemporaneous press accounts of Warren’s parents having a Methodist wedding in 1932 — which would mean there was no elopement.
Warren has also claimed her great-great-great-grandmother, O.C. Sarah Smith, was part American Indian. The Boston Globe, however, reports that Smith “identified as white in historical documents.”
The Globe adds that “at the time Indians faced discrimination, and Smith would have had strong incentives to call herself white if possible.” According to the Atlantic, “O.C. Sarah Smith died long before the [Dawes] rolls were drawn up, too far in the past to make Warren eligible for membership in the tribe (assuming Smith was Cherokee).”
It is now confirmed. Warren is mostly European and not Native American but that didn’t stop her from using it to further her professional and political career.
CONFUSION: Boston Globe corrects lower limit on Warren ancestry — 1/512 to 1/1024. They have yet to correct the upper limit: a 6th-generation ancestor would make her 1/64 American Indian (1.6%), not 1/32 (3.125%).
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