Let’s You and Her Fight

We congratulate  the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for awarding an Emmy yesterday to the makers of “Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On," directed by Madison Thomas and narrated by Sainte-Marie. The one-and-a-half-hour documentary was produced by Eagle Vision, White Pine Pictures and Paquin Entertainment, premièred at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and is available to view for free at PBS online. (more)

Oaxaca Indians Added to Database

The addition of 361 individuals from 11 indigenous populations in Mexico's State of Oaxaca to DNA Consultants' database marks a new epoch in testing for Native American ancestry. (more)

DNA Consultants Expands to Mexico

DNA Consultants is expanding to Mexico with a line of dedicated Spanish language DNA tests. Rolando Acevedo Gomez has been appointed General Manager, Mexico.


Cherokee DNA Studies II Audiobook Available from DNA Consultants

Phase III of DNA Consultants' Cherokee DNA Studies proved that many of the new Cherokee mitochondrial lines—as well as most of early eastern North American Indian types—originated in the Old World in seaborne colonization, not as migrations across a hypothetical Bering land-bridge.  Should we still call them Indians? (more)

Alabama Native Americans Can Securely Test DNA

Like other projects in the news, the purpose of the testing is to preserve a snapshot of the genetic composition of Alabama Native Americans at a time when admixture, secularization, intermarriage and other factors endanger the coherence and continuity of all ethnic groups. More widely, the purpose is to underpin educational and cultural awareness goals. (more)

Abenakis Added

Between April and December of last year, Timothy Williams' U.S./Canada Abenaki Indian project quietly enlisted 19 random, anonymous volunteers who wanted to further the Abenaki People’s cultural, historical and social awareness and help redress some of the misinformation and injustices of the Colonial system in the United States and Canada. (more)

Participants Wanted for Eastern Canadian Metis DNA Project

The initiative’s official name is “Canada Eastern Metis Reference Population STR Profile DNA Project.” It follows the same method and procedures used in J. Ng et al, “Native American Population Data Based on the Globalfiler Autosomal STR Loci,” Forensic Science International: Genetics 24 (Sept. 2016). Such projects aim to preserve a single era in the biological history of tribes and contribute to better cultural and social awareness. (more)

Forensic Reference Population Begun for Euchee (Uchi) Indians

Forensic Reference Population Begun for Euchee (Uchi) Descendants

Volunteers are sought for the Euchee Reference Population STR Profile DNA Project, whose purpose is to sample the genetic diversity of persons who may be of Euchee descent and establish a historical benchmark for their cultural survival. The independent study has appointed an an independent genetic genealogy expert as administrator who will screen candidates over the next few months. The initiative follows similar projects for Cherokee, Shawnee, Abenaki and Virginia tribes.

Shawnee Reference Populations Introduced

The Shawnee DNA Project announced last September has been concluded and customers can see if they have a match to one or both of the resulting forensic populations, U.S. Shawnee Enrolled (n=24) and U.S. Shawnee Admixed (n=53). The Shawnee turn out to be very distinctive. (more)