I don’t argue anywhere that anyone should be compelled to take a DNA test. In fact, I don’t much care if people (Elizabeth Warren, commenters, etc.) are or are not of proven Cherokee ancestry. I’m only interested in getting people to think about the history of the trend. Even white people who do have documented Cherokee heritage might want to learn the cultural history of Cherokee claims in the Southeast, because it says a lot about how racial identity works.
My own family members, who are from Texas, have told me that I’m part Native American since I was born. I have no idea if that’s true, and that’s not my area of concern here. Rather, I think it’s telling that my family is so fascinated by the idea, and I suspect that the history I lay out in the article is part of the reason why.