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Ben Shapiro: Warren ‘Just Got Slammed’ by Cherokee Nation for Native American Claim

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | October 16, 2018 | 4:05 PM EDT

Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Wire and host of "The Ben Shapiro Show" Ben Shapiro (Screenshot)

On his daily Facebook Live podcast Tuesday, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show” and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Wire Ben Shapiro called out Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D – Mass.), saying, “Ouch,” Elizabeth Warren “just got slammed” by the Cherokee Nation for her Native American claim.

“Ouch,” said Ben Shapiro on his show Tuesday. “Ouch. So she [Sen. Elizabeth Warren] just got slammed by the Cherokee Nation to which she claims ancestral membership. Yeah, that went poorly for Elizabeth Warren, which is why she shifted and said, ‘I’m not claiming that I’m Native American anymore, but I’m kind of Native American.’”

 

 

Ben Shapiro’s remarks came after Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in a flurry of tweets on her Twitter page, first touted, later defended – also challenging President Trump to pay her charity of choice $1M – and, later still, backpedaled, following the release of a DNA study claiming her DNA “contains Native American ancestry from an ancestor in the sample’s pedigree 6-10 generations ago.”

Meanwhile, the Cherokee Nation responded to Senator Warren’s DNA test with a statement from Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.

The Cherokee Nation Secretary said the following about the senator’s DNA test:

"A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America. Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. 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. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage."

Below is a transcript of Ben Shapiro’s comments from his show Tuesday:

“What could have changed Elizabeth Warren’s mind? What could have changed her mind?

“She was saying, very confidently, that she was Native American. Alright? She was Native America.

“And then, all of a sudden, well, it turns out the tribes get to decide who’s Native American. Why? Why? Because the Cherokee Nation came out and said, ‘You’re not Native American.’

“Now, let’s be clear about this. The Cherokee Nation does  not come out and make political statements very often, but they send out their Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin [Jr.] to issue a statement.

“He said, ‘A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America. Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. 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. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.’

“Ouch. Ouch. So she [Sen. Elizabeth Warren] just got slammed by the Cherokee Nation to which she claims ancestral membership. Yeah, that went poorly for Elizabeth Warren, which is why she shifted and said, ‘I’m not claiming that I’m Native American anymore, but I’m kind of Native American.’”


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