- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a new critic of her widely-panned DNA test: an actual descendant of Pocahontas.

Debbie White Dove Porreco appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss findings that the Massachusetts lawmaker may have between 0.09 percent to 1.5 percent American Indian ancestry. The study, which counted Mexican, Colombian, and Peruvian DNA in Ms. Warren’s favor, prompted Ms. Porreco to demand an apology.

“It did prove that she wasn’t the Cherokee Indian that she was claiming to be for so long,” she told Mr. Carlson, Townhall reported. “I think she’s guilty of claiming she’s an American Indian but has no proof — and then [is] using it for applications for college, for political reasons.”

Critics of Ms. Warren say she used claims of American Indian ancestry to better her chances of gaining employment at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania. Similarly, employers touted her claims as evidence of ethnic diversity.

“When you see that Harvard Law School listed her as its first female faculty member of color — when she clearly isn’t — how do you feel?” the host asked.

“I feel betrayed because she wasn’t. She was using the name, trying to be American Indian just to rise above [others],” she replied. “She needs to … apologize to everybody for what she has done.”

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The Cherokee Nation, the tribe from which Ms. Warren claimed ancestry, released a statement earlier in the week on the issue.

Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said the lawmaker’s actions make “a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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