"The conclusion I draw is that she may not have gotten benefit from it, but I believe she certainly was trying to", he said.
That nickname has since been transmuted by Donald Trump to simply be "Pocahontas" and has been construed as an ethnic slur by some. Warren said. "There really is an important distinction of tribal citizenship".
Instead, she has been overwhelmed yet again with criticism about her claims of Native American heritage.
Warren has been asked to clarify her apology to the Cherokee Nation multiple times this week.
The test showed that Warren has an Indigenous segment in her DNA, but her ancestry may stretch back as far as 10 generations.
"During this time period, this is consistent with what I did because it was based on my understanding from my family stories but family stories are not the same as tribal citizenship and this is why I have apologized", Warren said.
McDaniel reproduced sections of the Texas Disciplinary Rules Of Professional Conduct to emphasize her claim.
Warren last week personally apologized to the Cherokee Nation for the DNA test debacle. She said her recent apologies were a recognition that she should have been more aware of how she was identifying.
Her decision to release the DNA test results prompted backlash from Republicans and Democrats, as well as the Cherokee Nation, which called the test "inappropriate and wrong".
"But there is no legal basis to go after her", he said.
On the line for "race", Warren neatly printed, "American Indian". "Nothing about my background ever had anything to do with any job I got in any place", she explained, according to ABC News.
Ms. Warren is listed as inactive in the Texas bar. That announcement is widely expected this weekend in MA, and would launch a tour of six more states between New Hampshire and California.
The date coincided with her first listing as a "minority" by the Association of American Law Schools.
Warren also had her ethnicity changed from white to Native American in December 1989 while working at the University of Pennsylvania. Above the lines for race, national origin and handicap status, the card says, "The following information is for statistical purposes only and will not be disclosed to any person or organization without the express written consent of the attorney".
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Warren apologized for any "harm caused" by the resurfacing of the form.