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Senator Elizabeth Warren Shares DNA Test, Claims Native American Heritage

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Claim

Senator Warren proved her Native American heritage by publicly sharing DNA results.

Rating

Uncertain

Summary

Definitions for “Native American” ancestry are disputed, but many are questioning if the DNA results show evidence to support an ancestry claim.

Claimed By

The Boston Globe, others.

Claim

Elizabeth Warren is between 1/64th and 1/512th Native American.

Rating

False

Summary

A DNA analysis showed Elizabeth Warren has a Native American relative 6 to 10 generations back, meaning she is between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American.

Claimed By

The Boston Globe

Breakdown

  • The DNA was performed by a private geneticist rather than independent genetic testing company

  • Boston Globe said analysis provides “strong evidence” that Warren had Native American in her family tree 6-10 generations ago. They issued a correction after incorrectly interpreting this to mean she is between 1/64th and 1/512th Native American.

  • Verge reported “there is no DNA test for being Native American because DNA and genetic ancestry are not the same as culture and identity”

  • The Verge: “Many Native Americans also had concerns about genetic testing and don’t usually participate in databases”

  • Conservatives did not take kindly to her for releasing a test that indicated she is anywhere between .01% and 1.6% Native American

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