According to the New York Times, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), called Bill John Baker, principal chief, of the Cherokee Nation, to apologize to the entire Cherokee Nation, for taking the now, infamous, DNA test, that showed that Warren was as little as 1/1,024th Native American.
Spokeswoman for the tribe, Julie Hubbard, had the following to say about Warrens apology.
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.
For background on why this will be an issue for Warren, in the Democratic Primary for President, Axios has laid out how it all started.
In 1996, Harvard Law School touted Warren, then a professor at the university, as being "Native American" in a letter responding to criticism of the school's lack of minority women.
In 2012, Scott Brown, the former GOP senator Warren unseated and current ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, used Warren's self-proclaimed Native American heritage to question her integrity. In 2016, Brown also said Warren should "take a DNA test" if she wants to prove her heritage.
Warren defended her claims, telling NPR in 2012 that while growing up in Oklahoma, her family always told her she's part Cherokee. "These are my family stories," she said. "This is our lives. And I'm very proud of it." However she said she didn't have documentation to prove it.
Fact-checkers attempted to trace her ancestry, but after several failed attempts the consensus was that there is no documented evidence that she is of Native American heritage. Experts have also noted that any such evidence is difficult to prove to begin with.
Warren is among a dozen or so Democrats who are likely to challenge President Trump for the Oval Office in 2020.