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She has Native American in her family tree going back generations, according to a report Monday.
Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor and expert in the field, determined in his analysis that a pure Native American ancestor appears in Warren’s family “in the range of 6-10 generations ago,” the Boston Globe reported.
That’s consistent with the Massachusetts Democrat’s family lore from her Oklahoma upbringing that her great-great-great-grandmother, O.C. Sarah Smith, was partially Native American.
Bustamante, who won a 2010 MacArthur Fellowship, also known as a Genius Grant, found that the “vast majority” of Warren’s ancestry is European, but “the results strongly support the existence of an unmixed Native American ancestor.”
The release of the DNA findings appear to be a way for Warren, who is expected to run for president in 2020, to put the issue to rest and remove a talking point for her opponents.
In a video posted on her website that begins with Trump calling her “Pocahontas,” Warren is speaking to Bustamante.
“Now, the president likes to call my mom a liar. What do the facts say?” she asks him.
“The facts suggest that you absolutely have a Native American ancestor in your pedigree,” he replies.
Tamping down accusations made by many Republicans that she parlayed her heritage to benefit her career, the video includes a number of law professors — including from Harvard Law and the University of Pennsylvania Law School — attesting that she was hired for her ability.
“Her heritage had no bearing on her hiring. Period,” Jay Westbrook, a professor at the University of Texas Austin School of Law, says in the video.
Warren also includes family members in the video who call out Trump for mocking her.
“He’s talking about stuff he doesn’t have any idea about,” says her nephew Mark Herring.
Warren herself also addresses Trump’s “Pocahontas” comments, saying “my family history is my family history.”
“This isn’t just about casual racism — war-hoops and tomahawk chops. Native Americans have faced discrimination, neglect and violence for generations,” she says in the video. “And President Trump can say what he wants about me, but mocking Native Americans or any group in order to get at me — that’s not what America stands for.”
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