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Losing Her Million Dollar Bet


Senator Elizabeth Warren wants to affirm her Native American identity and to collect a million dollars in the process: President Trump in a rally promised to pay that much if DNA tests could prove that she’s an Indian.

She cites tests indicating her genetic Indian ancestry is as much as 1 in 64, or as little as 1 in 1,024. No: no recognized tribe in America would accept a single great-great-great-great grandfather as proof.

Worst of all, Warren’s insistence on the “one drop of blood” standard is inherently racist; what does DNA mean without history of cultural affinity or communal participation?