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Cherokee Nation Expert RIPS Elizabeth Warren: ‘No Evidence That She Has A Single Cherokee Ancestor’

On Sunday’s “AM Joy” episode on MSNBC, Cherokee Nation citizen Rebecca Nagle tore into Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) over her longstanding — and largely debunked — claims of alleged Cherokee ancestry.

As Caleb Howe covers at Mediaite, Nagle engaged in a back-and-forth on Joy Reid’s show with Michelle Goldberg of The New York Times:

“I just want to say that Elizabeth Warren did, in fact, have a native American ancestor, and grew up believing this was part of her heritage and kind of identified with it,” said Goldberg. “I think she was mistaken and she obviously shouldn’t have identified herself as Native American on that bar application, but she, this was kind of part of — if you watch that video, the video that’s gotten her in so much trouble, her conservative brothers also say this was the story of our family that we grew up hearing.”

“Yeah, so, that’s completely false,” said Nagle. “Warren has zero Cherokee ancestry.”

“Genealogists in 2012 did her genealogy. That’s what Cherokee genealogists do when somebody claims to be Cherokee,” she continued. “And who Warren’s family is, is not a mystery. She comes from a well, from a line of very well-documented white people, going back to before the Trail of Tears.”

As The Daily Wire reported at the time, Warren last October released the results of a DNA test that showed she might have as “high” as 1/1024th Native American ancestry. As Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro noted, “the test didn’t show that she was Native American. In fact, it showed she was 0.09% Native American, which is about half the rate of the average American.”

Nagle continued:

“There are over forty-five rolls of Cherokee people between the 1810s and the 1910s, and Cherokee genealogists went and looked up Warren’s family tree and then crossed-referenced her relatives with those 45 rolls and looked for them, and they’re not there. So there is no evidence that she has a single Cherokee ancestor. The only evidence she has is this race-based science of a DNA test which you cannott use to lay claim to any tribe or any relationship to any tribe, and people don’t know that. And she benefits from that confusion and that misinformation. She is still allowing people to believe this myth about Cherokee identity.”

Nagle is hardly the first citizen of the Cherokee Nation to fault Warren for her handling of the controversy pertaining to her personal ancestry. As The Daily Wire reported at the time, the Cherokee Nation issued a scathing response to Warren’s October release of her DNA test:

“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship,” said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin, Jr. in the statement. “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.”

Hoskin added, “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 prove.”

“Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage,” the statement concludes.

Watch the full segment here: