Warren on taking DNA test to prove Native American heritage: ’I know who I am’

Warren on taking DNA test to prove Native American heritage: ’I know who I am’
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren battles Carson: Housing discrimination 'the scandal that should get you fired' Overnight Regulation: Omnibus includes deal on tip-pooling rule | Groups sue over rules for organic livestock | AT&T, DOJ make opening arguments in merger trial Warren presses Mulvaney, Azar on tip pooling MORE (D-Mass.) in an interview broadcast Sunday said she knows who she is after being pressed about her claims of Native American heritage.

She was questioned during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" about an editorial in a Massachusetts newspaper, "Warren must resolve debate on heritage," which said a DNA test would "permanently resolve the issue."

“Look, I do know. I know who I am. And never used it for anything. Never got any benefit from it anywhere," Warren said.

"But what I did a couple of weeks ago is I went to talk to the leaders of the native tribes across the country,” she added.

“And I talked about the fact that President TrumpDonald John TrumpScarborough mocks 'Deflection Don' over transgender troop ban Pelosi condemns Trump's 'cowardly, disgusting' ban on transgender troops Trump moves to ban most transgender people from serving in military MORE can't seem to hear my name without trying to throw a racial slur into it. Can't seem to make it through a ceremony honoring Native American war heroes without trying to make something else out of it.”

President Trump has poked at Warren over the claim, referring to the senator as “Pocahontas.”

Trump at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania late Saturday repeated the "Pocahontas" moniker and said she wouldn't capture the nation's attention as president.

Last year, a Republican Senate candidate in Massachusetts said he mailed Warren a DNA test.

The Washington Post fact checker in 2016 wrote that there is "no official documentation" of Warren’s claim to Native American ancestry based on family stories she heard growing up, advising its readers "to look into it on their own and decide whether Trump’s attacks over Warren’s background have merit.”