In what has become today’s biggest news story, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren released “evidence” that she is, in fact, Native American, a claim she has made repeatedly throughout her career (and which led to her being deemed Harvard Law’s “first woman of color.”) In the video releasing her results, the senator and 2020 Democratic hopeful’s tone was triumphant – a curious fact considering their actual content. In the video, a genetics professor who says he advises Ancestry.com, 23andMe and Helix, analyzes Warren’s genetic background and concludes that there is a Native American ancestor in her background, “in the range of 6-10 generations ago.”
Those results mean that Elizabeth Warren is anywhere from 1/32nd Native American to 1/1,024th Native American. Should the ancestor be, in fact, 10 generations back, that would make her .098 percent Native American. In other words, it would make her less Native American than the average white American (0.18 percent).
That raises the question: How Native American are you? Are you more Native American than Elizabeth Warren? You can find out by doing your own genetic research, with one of the services that Warren’s researcher consults for. Now is also a good time to conduct such a test, since Ancestry.com’s version, AncestryDNA, is currently 30 percent off:
The genetic testing kit from 23andMe, the other leader in this service, is not on sale and retails for $99.
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