Finding Your American Indian Tribe Using DNA

Native Heritage Project

If I had a dollar for every time I get asked a flavor of this question, I’d be on a cruise someplace warm instead of writing this in the still-blustery cold winter weather of the northlands!

So, I’m going to write the recipe of how to do this.  The process is basically the same whether you’re utilizing Y or mitochondrial DNA, but the details differ just a bit.

So, to answer the first question.  Can you find your Indian tribe utilizing DNA?  Yes, it can sometimes be done – but not for everyone, not all the time and not even for most people.  And it takes work on your part.  Furthermore, you may wind up disproving the Indian heritage in a particular line, not proving it.  If you’re still in, keep reading.

I want you to think of this as a scavenger hunt.  No one is going to give you the prize.  You…

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Search through own heritage leads evangelist to story about enslaved mixed-race pastor

“All of a sudden I didn’t know who I was,” Tippit said during an interview at a local coffee shop. “I have fair skin and blue eyes, but my bloodline is a mixture of English, Native American and African.”“I did an ethnic background testing and basically came up with (that) I am 1/32nd African,” Tippit said. “I have sub-Saharan African DNA.“I should have been classified as a colored person — not as a white person,” Tippit said with a smile. “By law, I should not have been allowed to attend Istrouma High School because (then) it was segregated.”Baton Rouge schools were officially desegregated in 1965, the year Tippit graduated, according to school district officials.”Click through to read more.

Source: theadvocate.com

Dark skin, blue eyes: Genes paint a picture of 7,000-year-old European – NBC News.com

“The biggest surprise was that the genes linked to skin pigmentation reflected African rather than modern European variations. That indicates that the man had dark skin, “although we cannot know the exact shade,” Carles Lalueza-Fox, a member of the research team from the Spanish National Research Council, said in a news release. At the same time, the man possessed the genetic variations that produce blue eyes in current Europeans.”

Community Village‘s insight:

I guess scientists can now tell through DNA if bones belonged to a dark skinned person or light skinned person. 
-Glenn Robinson

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Is Race a Fiction? | Ideas with Paul Kennedy | CBC Radio

Blood ties you to family, country and race. Should it? Watch a live panel discussion with Lawrence Hill, Priscila Uppal, Hayden King and Karina Vernon moderated by Ideas host Paul Kennedy.

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24,000-Year-Old Body Shows Kinship to Europeans and American Indians

“The genome of the boy indicates that Europeans reached farther east across Eurasia than previously assumed, and that Native Americans may be descended from a mix of Western Europeans and East Asians.”

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Ancestor of Native Americans in Asia was 30% “Western Eurasian”

The complete genome has recently been sequenced from 4 year old Russian boy who died 24,000 years ago near Lake Baikal in a location called Mal’ta, the area in Asia believed to be the origin of the…

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Modern Faces and Ancient Migrations

Our friends at Abroad in the Yard wrote an interesting article back in December 2011 about Modern Faces and Ancient Migrations. As you’re probably aware, the migration of people, their ethnicity an…

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