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Elizabeth Warren says she won't take a DNA test to prove her Native American heritage

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) refuses to take a DNA test to prove her Native American heritage. An editorial published last week in Massachusetts's Berkshire Eagle urged her to take a DNA test to prove her heritage. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has no plans to take a DNA test to prove her Native American heritage, despite urging in an editorial published last week in Massachusetts's Berkshire Eagle.

The senator, whom President Donald Trump often refers to as "Pocahontas," has been criticized for claiming Native American heritage without any official tribal documentation.

The editorial called for Warren to put this issue to rest with a $99 Ancestry DNA test.

“All the senator needs to do is spit into a tube, wait a few weeks and get her answer,” the editorial said.

But Warren, who listed herself as a "woman of color" to allegedly further her academic career, said she doesn't need a test to prove her family's folklore.

“I know who I am. And never used it for anything. Never got any benefit from it anywhere,” she said.

The senator said she wants to hang on to the love story that's been passed down by family members.

“My mother and daddy were born and raised in Oklahoma. My daddy first saw my mother when they were both teenagers. He fell in love with this tall, quiet girl who played the piano. Head over heels," Warren said. "But his family was bitterly opposed to their relationship because she was part Native American. They eventually eloped.”

“That’s the story that my brothers and I all learned from our mom and our dad, from our grandparents,” she added. “It’s a part of me, and nobody’s going to take that part of me away.”

The senator also stated she won't be challenging Trump in a run for the White House in 2020.

“I am not running for president of the United States,” she said.

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