Boston, MA - The upcoming 2020 presidential election is fast approaching, and Senator Elizabeth Warren is preparing to be a probable candidate. In her first few months touring areas of the United States, she’s come across various questions and statements regarding the DNA test she took back in October. The test was conducted to prove her Native American ancestry to President Donald Trump after he consecutively taunted her. Warren’s DNA test results ended up backfiring on her, causing the Cherokee Nation to come forward in defense of their heritage and citizenship.

The Cherokee Nation stated shortly after the DNA test results were released that blood does not determine citizenship; instead, the tribal nations are what marks your citizenship. The Cherokee Nation Secretary of State, Chuck Hoskin, Jr., came forward to state that using the DNA test to ‘prove’ any connection to the tribe is inappropriate and wrong. According to other members, Warren’s attempt to set Trump straight backfired, causing many in the Cherokee Nation to see her action as disrespectful towards the tribal governments.

After Warren received all the commentary from those in the Cherokee Nation, she decided to call Bill John Baker, the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, and apologize for her actions. She had apologized for any hurt she had caused during the process of getting her DNA test done and releasing her results. Also, Warren stated that she was deeply worried that she could have possibly ruined her relationship with the Native Americans.

A spokesperson for the Cherokee Nation, Julie Hubbard, came forward to state that Senator Warren had indeed reached out to apologize. According to Hubbard, the Cherokee Nation is grateful for her apology. They hope that the slurs and mockery will nowstop from here on out.

Warren later came forward in an interview to state that she was not a person of color and that she was not a citizen of any tribe. She went on to say that tribal citizenship and ancestry are two completely different avenues to go off.

Twila Barns, a Cherokee genealogist, added to the conversation by saying that Senator Warren needs to publicly apologize and take responsibility for the DNA test and results conducted late last year.