September 02, 2005

Black Indians

Great article from Wired on the descendants of black freedmen who seek membership in Native American tribes, in part due to the economic gain of membership, with an emphasis on genetic testing to determine whether or not they have Native American ancestry. Of course, as stated in the article by Dr. Tony Frudakis, it is possible for a Greek or Pakistani to show a high proportion of Native American "heritage". Anomalous results such as these would render this avenue of testing almost useless for the purpose of establishing Amerindian descent.

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