The NGS website announced this week an opening at the Department of Interior, Indian Affairs, for a genealogist in the Washington DC vicinity. Let’s hope that whoever they hire also understands, and I mean really understands, DNA testing – as they assuredly will be bombarded with questions about how DNA testing pertains to Native people and their descendants.
DNA testing has the potential to be beneficial to applicants in the process of requesting federal recognition. DNA testing and those results are now a permanent part of the genealogy landscape. Let’s hope that the new BIA genealogist knows how to utilize them properly when evaluating genealogy.
This looks like a really good career opportunity for someone. Is that someone you?
This is interesting. Opens up a lot of questions.
What percentage of Native will allow one to be Native?
At what percentage will the Nation allow membership – and will the Nation require more than blood? For example, the president and vice-president of the Navajo nation must speak Navajo.
Roberta Just saw where family DNA is now posting YDNA and MtDNA with Native American. This is new and wasn’t previously posted. Do you have any background. They have me YDNA 12 as the following. v/r Terry United States (Native American) 9 1331 0.7%
It’s not new, but it might be new to your results. However, I think you’re misinterpreting the meaning. I wrote about it here: http://dna-explained.com/2015/05/21/are-you-native-native-american-haplogroup-origins-and-ancestral-origins/
What I find frustrating is so many want others to do the work to prove they are NA. And yet, no one blinks an eye that the Mayflower Society or SAR/DAR require the individual to prove a relationship. I suppose this is much harder, and many are simply ignorant. The search for NA heritage makes connecting to the Mayflower child’s play lol