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Recently, one, for informing a woman that she was related to or descended from the extinct Beothuk tribe based on a match to a partial, damaged, mitochondrial sample from skeletal remains, now in housed in Scotland.When you look at some of these sites, they spend a lot of time convincing you about the qualifications of the lab they use, but the real problem is not with the laboratory, but their interpretation of what those results mean to their clients – e.g. Those of us who focus on Native American ancestry know unequivocally that “matching” someone with Native ancestry does NOT equate to being from that same tribe.If you dream of exotic strolls along the Mediterranean Sea as the sun warms your skin and the sea feeds your soul, a Mediterranean-style home may be for you.Even if life has plunked you square in the middle of an American suburb, this style of home can give you a little exotic flair on the daily.Furthermore, many people are tribally enrolled whose mitochondrial or Y DNA would not be historically Native, because their tribal membership is not based on that ancestral line.Therefore, tribal membership alone is not predictive of a Native American Y or mitochondrial haplogroup.An HVR1 level only match between two people could be from thousands to tens of thousands of years ago. Doron Behar’s paper, , dating haplogroup formation, haplogroup C was formed about 24,000 years ago, give or take 5,000 years in either direction, and haplogroup X was formed about 32,000 years ago, give or take 12,000 years in either direction.

This has caused quite an uproar, in both genetic genealogy and Native American research communities, and has been resoundingly discredited by geneticists.

Dr Jennifer Raff, a geneticist who studies Native American DNA, discusses debunking what she terms pseudogenetics, when genetic information is twisted or otherwise misused to delude the unsuspecting. About minute 48 or 49, she references another unethical company in the Native American DNA testing space.

Unfortunately, unethical companies are trying to take advantage of the Native people, of our ancestors, and ultimate of us, the consumers in our quest to find those ancestors.

However, if the Native ancestor does not descend from the direct paternal or direct matrilineal lines, the only DNA test left is an autosomal test which tests all of your ancestral lines, but which can only reliably identify ancestral heritage for the past 5 or 6 generations in any of those lines due to recombination of DNA with the other parent in each generation.

Autosomal tests provide you with percentage estimates of your ethnicity although they can vary widely between companies for various reasons. Less Than Ethical DNA Tests for Native Heritage Because of the desire within the consuming public to know more about their Native heritage, several specialty testing services have emerged to offer “Native American” tests.

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