I get a lot of comments about DNA testing to prove rights to membership in Tribal Nations. While it may prove your relations, would it prove you belong?
The American Indian and Alaska Native Genetic Resource Center has this to say:
The use of DNA testing for tribal enrollment raises many issues. Tribal enrollment criteria each represent a different value or set of values that the community holds. Over time, as the community changes so too might the membership criteria or the value that they represent.
For example, lineal descendancy demonstrates a value of proven biological relation to a particular historical census record of tribal members. DNA testing may provide another tool to uphold such a value, but it has limits and is not the only tool that may be useful. When considering tribal membership requirements and whether DNA testing should become one, tribal leaders and community members might consider the values of the current criteria, the added (or not) value of DNA testing, the potential challenges associated with using a particular kind of DNA test, and particularly how it compares to other DNA testing.
While genetic tests cannot determine whether an individual is AI/AN or not, they can determine whether people are likely related to one another. This limitation means that genetic testing will not be helpful in many enrollment cases, but it can be helpful for some areas with less documentation of family relationships or the need to confirm direct biological relationships.
See the page here:AI-AN Genetics Resource Center
We are reminded that the Redding Rancheria forced the Foreman family to exhume their ancester for a DNA test which was 99.6% positive and they were still denied re-instatement. Like you hear from many politicians now....they don't CARE about evidence...