Senate candidate in Massachusetts has a Cherokee ancestor

Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, has a Cherokee ancestor, according to a genealogist.

Warren's great-great-great grandmother is listed as Cherokee on an 1894 document, The Boston Globe reported. If the ancestor was full-blood, that would make Warren 1/32 Cherokee.

Warren grew up in Oklahoma. She said her family has been told they have Cherokee and Delaware ancestry.

None of her direct ancestors, however, have turned up on the Dawes Roll, although the genealogist said research is ongoing. Membership in the Cherokee Nation is tied to the roll.

Membership in the Delaware Nation is linked to an allottees list, as well as blood quantum. Membership in the Delaware Tribe is based on a 1906 roll compiled by the federal government.

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