Tester Says Warren’s Ancestry ‘Not Enough To Count’ But Dismisses Issue

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Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) said Monday that Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) minuscule percentage of Native American blood is “probably not enough to be counted” as part of any tribes, but dismissed the story as less important than the very real struggles of indigenous populations.

According to a Tuesday Hill report, Tester made his remarks at an event with the Chippewa Cree tribe.

“The real issue that revolves around Native American people is poverty and unless you’re a gaming tribe, it’s a problem and we’ve got to figure our solutions to get it fixed,” he said. “Two months ago I had a listening sessions in Missoula. Thirty women have been missing since the first of the year. One of them have been found. We got a problem here. Why aren’t we fixing this problem out there?”

Per the Hill, Tester will need Native American votes to push him over the finish line in his tight race against Republican candidate Matt Rosendale. Real Clear Politics currently has Tester up just over 4 points.

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