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.
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