On Monday, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted out her support for Indigenous Peoples Day, a holiday that many on the left have adopted as a replacement for Columbus Day.
Yet as Fox News noted, many critics say that Warren’s personal history suggests she should leave the issue alone.
Warren praised “the rich cultures of tribal nations”
In her tweet, Warren praised “the extraordinary resilience, and the rich cultures of tribal nations and Native communities” while demanding that the federal government “recommit itself to honoring its promises to Native peoples.”
On #IndigenousPeoplesDay, we celebrate the contributions, the extraordinary resilience, and the rich cultures of tribal nations and Native communities. Today and every day, the federal government must recommit itself to honoring its promises to Native peoples.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) October 10, 2022
Warren famously presented herself as a Native American woman when she secured a professorship at Harvard University.
Yet as Fox News pointed out in 2018, a DNA test found that Warren may have Native American ancestry “dating back six to 10 generations.”
The network explained that “if Warren’s great-great-great-grandmother were Native American, she would be considered 1/64 Native American. Should Warren’s ancestor date back 10 generations, she would be only 1/1,024 Native American.”
Fox News reported the following year that Warren issued an apology to the Cherokee Nation for attempting to use her DNA test to claim affiliation with the tribe.
“Senator Warren has reached out to us and has apologized to the tribe,” Fox News quoted Cherokee Nation spokeswoman Julie Hubbard as saying in a statement.
Twitter users mock Warren’s statement
“We are encouraged by this dialogue and understanding that being a Cherokee Nation tribal citizen is rooted in centuries of culture and laws, not through DNA tests,” she added.
All of that led to mockery following Warren’s message on Monday, with Center for American Liberty founder Harmeet K. Dhillon tweeting, “You just might want to sit this one out…”
Meanwhile, podcaster Gerry Callahan tweeted, “You honored them by stealing jobs, money and opportunities from them. No American alive today has taken more from Native peoples. For at least this one day, you should hide your pale face in shame.”