Native American definition criticised after Elizabeth Warren DNA test

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs has come under fire today over their “narrow” and “intolerant” definition after Elizabeth Warren was not recognised as a Native American.

The Bureau uses a blood quantum definition—generally one-fourth Native American blood to recognize an individual as Native American, whereas Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test indicated she was between 1/32 and 1/1024th Native American.

A spokesperson for the Senator said, “It’s disgusting how they exclude people based on their blood.  Trans men can identify as women when they still have a Y chromosome and so DNA should not be used as a criterion for someone who wishes to identify as a Native American.”

The Bureau responded, “It’s important that we establish clear boundaries to protect the rights of the indigenous people.  Otherwise, more than half the country could claim to be Native American which is hardly a minority.”

But the Bureau’s statement has drawn heavy criticism:

“If someone wants to self-identify as a Native American then it shows the lack of diversity of the Bureau to exclude anyone based on something as crude as biology.  The sooner we defund the Bureau and dismantle this institutionalised racism the better!”

Reporter: John Spencer aka Not the Bible

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