Warren’s response came with a short, campaign-style video with family testimonial alongside video clips of barbs from Trump.

In response to Warren’s rollout, the Cherokee Nation described DNA testing as “useless,” citing legal requirements for tribal membership.


“Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong,” said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. “It makes 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.”

Warren, who was asked about her ancestry when she announced her exploratory committee for president, likely felt it best to try to put the issue to bed ahead of a long Democratic primary season in a field filled with capable, diverse candidates.


Given the GOP’s long tradition of measured responses to public apologies, we’ll see how it works out for her campaign in the comings months.