President Trump recently made headlines for challenging Elizabeth Warren to take a DNA test to prove that she is a Native American like she claims she is. However, according to NBC, President Trump is lying by suggesting she take the test. Are you confused? You should be.
NBC released the following headline. “Fact check: Trump wants Warren to prove her Native American heritage. Could she?” Then they write “DNA tests are not widely accepted as proof of tribal citizenship — in part because the DNA could not show a specific tribe, only some genetic markers from Native people — and are more unreliable for Native Americans than for other ancestral regions,” says NBC.
Only one problem, Trump never asked Warren to provide a specific tribe, only to prove that she’s actually part Native American. The article then claims that it a DNA test might not be accurate.
““The reality is she could take a DNA test and have Native ancestry and have it not show up because it depends on which branches of the family tree it’s in and how far back,” independent genealogist Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak said. “That test is very good for finding stuff out going back five, six generations. If you have one great-great-great-great-grant-great grandmother, it’s not going to show,”” writes NBC.
But if Warren just has one Native American grandparent from over seven generations ago, she probably shouldn’t be claiming to be a minority.
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