‘It’s really not a whole lot of blood degree to make an issue out of…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., criticized Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., for publicizing the results of her DNA test, arguing that her claim of Native American heritage doesn’t “pass the test.”
While visiting an Indian reservation in Montana on Monday, Tester said Warren’s DNA results weren’t significant and were trivial compared to the real issues affecting reservations in his state.
“I don’t think that’s where we need to go. That’s a fight between her and Trump and she can continue to have that fight,” Tester said, according to The Hill. “The real issue here is the challenges in Indian country, especially the tribes that don’t have gaming.”
Earlier this month, Warren released the results of a DNA test that revealed she is less than 2 percent Native American, touting it as proof that she can rightly claim Native American heritage.
Since then, many Democrats have spoken out against her.
President Obama’s former campaign manager, Jim Messina, questioned the timing of Warren’s test and faulted it for distracting voters away from the real issues at hand.
Argue the substance all you want, but why 22 days before a crucial election where we MUST win house and senate to save America, why did @SenWarren have to do her announcement now? Why can’t Dems ever stay focused???
— Jim Messina (@Messina2012) October 15, 2018
Tester agreed and said that as a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, he has more to worry about than Warren’s DNA results.
“The real issue that revolves around Native American people is poverty and unless you’re a gaming tribe, it’s a problem and we’ve got to figure our solutions to get it fixed,” he said.
Members of the Chippewa Cree tribe in Montana agreed with Tester and said Warren’s results don’t carry much weight.
“It’s really not a whole lot of blood degree to make an issue out of,” said Ted Whitford, vice chairman of the Chippewa Cree tribe. “If you looked at almost anyone’s DNA, at some point they’re going to have some Native American.”