Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) panned fellow Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) use of a DNA test to prove that she has Native American heritage, saying that it doesn’t “pass the test.”
“I don’t think that would pass the test, no,” he said during a visit to the Rocky Boy’s Reservation, where he was trying to drum up support for his Senate race.
Despite his remarks on the DNA test, Tester didn’t think it was a major issue.
“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. The real issues here are the challenges in Indian country, especially the tribes that don’t have gaming,” he said.
Warren’s DNA results revealed that she is between 1/64th and 1/1024th— or between 1.6 percent and 0.1 percent — Native American, which she touted as proof of her Native American heritage.
Native American groups were not happy with Warren’s claim with Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., saying in a statement. “Sen. Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”
Tester is locked in a tight race to retain his seat again Republican challenger Matt Rosedale.