Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, preparing to formally launch her 2020 presidential campaign, has apologized to the Cherokee Nation for taking a DNA test to prove she had Native American ancestry according to the New York Times.
Despite the criticism on the left and the mockery on the right, Warren seemed to stand by her decision.
But she also took steps to emphasize that she was not claiming minority status, telling audiences, "I am not a person of color", and underscoring that she recognizes only tribes can decide who are members.
"The chief and secretary of state appreciate that she has reaffirmed that she is not a Cherokee Nation citizen or a citizen of any tribal nation", Hubbard said.
The tribe has explained that DNA isn't a deciding factor for its membership; direct lineage from historic tribal members is.
At a press conference the day she announced her exploratory committee for president, Warren was explicitly asked if she would have handled the release of the DNA test any differently with the benefit of hindsight, and she did not admit any wrongdoing. "Tribal citizenship is very different than ancestry".
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. was among Warren's harshest critics.
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Warren's revelation resulted in ridicule when she made the announcement last October, and she is now hinting at making her presidential run official. "Tribes and only tribes determine tribal citizenship".
Ms Warren had previously defended her decision to publicise the DNA results.
The row over Ms Warren's heritage dates back years, as Republicans have long accused her of improperly claiming Native American ancestry to further her law career - allegations Ms Warren has denied. "Tribes, and only tribes, determine tribal citizenship, and I respect that difference", Warren said.
Trump had even offered $1 million to Warren's favourite charity if she took "the test and it shows you're an Indian", he said.
The Washington Free Beacon noted Warren's claim to Native American heritage and announcement of DNA results "was widely viewed as a serious stumble".
Warren listed herself as Native American while teaching at the University of Pennsylvania Law School from 1987 to 1995 and then at Harvard Law School beginning in 1995, the Boston Globe reported.
Warren released her DNA report in response to President Donald Trump taunting her for her saying she was part Native American. She signed her entries "Elizabeth Warren - Cherokee".