Prominent Native American Activist To Elizabeth Warren: Stop. Just Stop. Please Stop!

"Watching White people debate Native identity is literally painful"

Senator Elizabeth Warren runs down Clarendon Street waving to the crowds during the annual Boston Pride Parade
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On top of the Cherokee Nation denouncing Sen. Elizabeth Warren's bogus DNA test showing she has somewhere between 1/64 and 1/1,024 Native American in her ancestry, a prominent Native American activist and frequent critic of Warren's false ancestry is telling the senator to stop making the situation worse.

Earlier this month, writer and activist Rebecca Nagle, who describes herself as a "Cherokee Nation citizen and a proud Two Spirit woman," penned a scathing article in The Huffington Post demanding that Warren recant her false ancestral claims and apologize for lying to get ahead.

"As a registered Democrat, I agree with a wide range of Warren’s policies," Nagle wrote. "But as a Cherokee woman, I cannot support her until she rescinds her false claims of Cherokee and Delaware heritage."

With the release of Warren's DNA test, which the media has been all-too-willing to tout as providing "strong evidence" of her Native American ancestry, Nagle is even more incensed. Writing on Twitter, the prominent activist decried Warren's political stunt as one that promotes "harmful myths about Native identity."

Nagle also compared Elizabeth Warren's claim to Native ancestry with Rachel Dolezal's claim of being black, noting that nobody of sound mind would say Dolezal was a black woman based on a DNA test showing she had a black ancestor 6 to 10 generations ago:

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