African-Native American Genealogy Forum
Genetic mingling Btween AA and Indians...
"...genetic mingling between African Americans and Native Americans deserves a column of its own."
No truer words have been spoken, the problem is, even with the inference of a Cherokee ancestor professor Gates has only researched one, ONE person who descended from an Indian Territory Freedmen; ONE!
Without a serious effort to reserch Indian Territory Freedmen of the Five Slave Holding Tribes, his writings and research should be taken with a grain of salt.
"And second, these findings show that the common claim that many African Americans make about their high percentage of Native American ancestry is a myth. Joanna Mountain broke down to me our low amounts of Native American ancestry in this way: "Eighty percent of African Americans have less than 1 percent Native American ancestry. Over 2.5 percent have between 2 percent and 3 percent. And of all African Americans who have at least 1 percent Native American ancestry, the average is two percent Native American."
So much for all of those putative Cherokee roots on just about every black person's family tree, fabricated to explain why your great grandmother had "high cheekbones and straight black hair"! Why there is such little evidence of genetic mingling between African Americans and Native Americans deserves a column of its own.