DNA Consultants’ Forensic DNA Tests Earn High Marks

DNA Consultants got one of the highest-scoring reviews from the new genomic sequencing company Nebula. In a lengthy write-up by the independent reviewer Fiyin Ebemidayo, B.S., the company was rated an overal 4.7 out of 5 stars for its combination of forensics and history-based input. "The company's prices are competitive and their support staff is available to consult on a personal level," said the reviewer. "Using alleles to make matches, customers receive in-depth reports on their connection to certain ethnicities but they do not receive ethnicity percentages or personal matches." (more)

Donald Yates Interviewed on Israeli TV Show about Cherokee and Jewish Connections

On April 10, company founder and author Donald Yates was interviewed on i24 NEWS in Tel Aviv about the overlap of Jewish and Cherokee ancestry. The company offers both a Native American and a Jewish DNA test that matches you with relevant populations. The interview was conducted by Emily Frances, the Emmy winning host of "Holy Land Uncovered." The program, titled "Genealogist Donald Yates Uncovers Secrets of Cherokee DNA," aired in 20 million homes in the U.S. Europe, Africa, Arabia and other parts of the Middle East. (more)

In the News October 2021

Thomas W. Stafford, Jr. is head of Stafford Research Laboratories, Inc. and Associate Research Professor at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. He lives in Lafayette, Colo. Among his current projects are the Paisley Caves in Oregon (which contain evidence of the oldest humans in North America) (more)

It Started with a Mistake

DNA Consultants was launched in December 2003. It did not start out very auspiciously, for it began with a colossal blunder.   (more)

More Cherokees Say Geneticists Are Wrong

Much of what has been passed down is completely verifiable. For instance, all Cherokees once learned to recite the national origin narrative. Its first words are “When we lived beyond the Great Waters,” a reference to the tribe’s migration across the ocean. The legend goes on to relate a story similar to the Tower of Babel. It ends, like the Algonquian Indians’ Walum Olam, with the arrival of white men in ships.
This second and concluding volume summarizes a project that began fifteen years ago. It represents No. 4 in DNA Consultants’ Series on Consumer Genetics and covers 62 “anomalous” DNA test takers who constituted Phase III, the final stage of a multiyear project.

Legal Premium Introduced

For an additional fee of $190, the Legal Premium route may be taken with certain American Indian tests. While it does offer a chain of custody, including certified special collection of your DNA by a third party instead of self-collection, no result or usefulness is guaranteed. The Legal Premium cannot be added to an existing test. (more)

McGirt v. Oklahoma Unsettles Indian Affairs

McGirt has shaken federal Indian policy to its foundations in affirming that Indian reservations were never disestablished, opening the door to wide-reaching consequences. The Supreme Court of the United States rules the government ought to keep the promises it makes in Indian treaties. (more)

In the News February 2021

Joan W. Bennett, 78, Somerset, N.J., is distinguished professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology and associate vice president for the promotion of women in science, engineering and mathematics at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. (more)

From the Editor: The third of the Explorers Club newsletter

In our third issue of the Explorers Club Newsletter, the first in a new year, we pay tribute to a healthcare executive on the frontline of medicine. Dr. Andrew Ayers Martin (“Championing the Least of These”) has been known to many of us for years for his study of Cherokee history and North Georgia genealogy. (more)