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Re: United Cherokee Nation, The Answer!!

David,

I think that your claim that DNA tests are "very unreliable" is incorrect. If a person has a Y-chromosome haplogroup signature such as Q3, which is found essentially only among Indians, that is a very strong indicator of Indian ancestry - essentially irrefutable. If a person has 37 SNPs out of a sample of 175, all strongly slanted to North America, that is a very reliable indicator of some Indian ancestry. Your story about the man of English ancestry with an Inupiat Eskimo DNA result is amusing but, as far as I can tell from the amount of documentation you've cited, likely apocryphal. That's hard to take from a man who has consistently pressed home the value of carefully documenting claims.

It is true that a radar gun will occasionally clock an oak tree as moving at 100 miles an hour. We don't stop giving speeding tickets on the basis of radar gun readings as a result. We recalibrate the one that is faulty. Occasionally a woman goes home with the wrong baby from the hospital, but it's generally a good bet that a woman who believes she is the birth mother of her children really is.

There's a lot of room between "not being foolproof" and "very unreliable".

I do agree that trying to pinpoint a specific tribe using DNA alone is not reasonable.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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