Elizabeth Warren, mocked by Donald Trump as 'Pocahontas', releases DNA test

Elizabeth Warren releases results of DNA test

He has previously offered to make a $US1 million donation to a charity of Senator Warren's choice if she took a DNA test proving her claims.

Trump has repeatedly taunted Warren about her controversial claim to Native American heritage, using the slur "Pocahontas" and calling on her to take a DNA test. "And we will very genlty take that kit, and slowly toss it, hoping it doesn't injure her arm, and we will say: I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you're an Indian".

Those critics have charged that Warren advanced her career with a narrative she is a descendant of Cherokee and DE tribes.

The analysis of Warren's DNA was done by Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor who the Boston Globe reported was an expert in the field.

He said last week that he believes Warren "faked" her claim of American Indian heritage, and hopes she and other likely Democratic presidential candidates "stay healthy" and continue their march to 2020, crowding out younger, newer blood. "What do the facts say?"

Professor Bustamante replies: "The facts suggest that you absolutely have Native American ancestry in your pedigree".

"Send them your $1M check, @realDonaldTrump", Warren added. "And yes, a famous geneticist analyzed my DNA and concluded that it contains Native American ancestry".

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Critics have charged that Warren has advanced her career with a narrative she is a descendant of Cherokee and DE tribes.

Warren also pointed to that evidence on Twitter, in a thread encouraging readers to "review every document for yourself".

The release of the DNA findings appear to be a way for Warren, who is expected to run for president in 2020, to put the issue at rest and remove a talking point from her opponents.

She plans to provide more information on the results Monday.

But if her ancestor is 10 generations back, that could mean she's just 1/512th Native American, something that could further excite her critics instead of placating them. "The amount of genetic data that is available from Native Americans is sparse".

Warren's purported Native American heritage was touted by Harvard Law School when she was a professor there. And she wonders about the motives of those, like Trump, who "have questioned my heritage and my family history".

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