The 2020 presidential contender recently apologized to the Cherokee Nation after she took a DNA test to back up her claims of Native ancestry.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is saying sorry to the Cherokee Nation after she released a DNA test that showed she had a Native American ancestor.
Being a Cherokee tribal citizen is "rooted in centuries of culture and laws, not through DNA," a spokeswoman for the Cherokee Nation said.
Tribal leaders and Native people say the senator is an ally — and they support her look at her ancestry. But hardly anyone asked them.
By failing to listen to the Native American community, she is playing right into Trump's hands.
"A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship," the Cherokee secretary of state says.
Her persistent claims to Native ancestry sends the message that appropriation is OK and that the lives of Indigenous people don’t matter.
“In our community, there are a lot of us, but it’s an unspoken thing.”
“We in leadership positions need to do everything we can to reflect the world we live in.”
"We survived Andrew Jackson," said one citizen of the Cherokee Nation.
"The right to marry without the freedom to marry the person of one’s choice is no right at all," the tribe's attorney general wrote in his decision.
Did Cherokee women in the 17th century "have it all"? Centuries before Lean In, there was a thriving Cherokee culture of women leaders, mentors, and matriarchs comfortable in their own skins and minds, exercising remarkable independence and tribal power. Her status was one a woman today might envy.
Last week I wrote about Savitri Hari, a Hindu woman who finds the sacred in the small, menial things of the world. Tori Isner, a Native American, also finds the divine in -- to me -- unexpected ways.