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Facts about DNA Testing and American Indian Tribal Enrollment

Question: Can a DNA test prove a person has ancestry from an American Indian tribe or nation?

Answer: No. DNA testing alone cannot prove ancestry from an American Indian tribe or any other ethnic group. However, DNA testing can be used as a tool to corroborate traditional genealogical documentation.

Question: What can DNA testing prove?

Answer: DNA testing can establish a biological relationship to a population or genetic region in these ways:

For people in search of American Indian ancestors:

  • DNA testing can identify the American Indian genetic regions and available populations

(if any) where a person’s DNA fits.

  • This can provide genetic clues to assist in research to document any enrolled ancestors.

For tribal enrollment officials:

  • DNA testing can provide enrollment officials with a tool to screen applicants on the basis of genetic kinship to a tribal nation.

  • If tribal data are available, test results can provide a TribeScore that indicates whether a person biologically fits in the tribal population. If a person’s DNA does fit, this indicates a biological kinship that might reflect an ancestor from the tribe. If a person’s DNA does not fit, this indicates their biological ancestry is outside the designated genetic range for the tribal nation.

  • DNA testing can be used alongside traditional genealogy tracing descent from an enrolled ancestor. If both matching DNA and a documented genealogy are present, this provides historical and biological evidence of a connection to a tribal nation.

DNA Tribes Genetic Ancestry Analysis www.dnatribes.com Customer Support: support@dnatribes.com P.O. Box 735, Arlington, VA 22216

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