For a fee, you can fill out an application, swab your cheek and find out if you have Native ancestry. Dozens of online services perform this service for hundreds of curious people. But does the result mean you can finally declare your Cherokee heritage? What do online DNA kits really tell us about Native ancestry? If you actually find out you have Native heritage, what do you do with that information?
Dr. Kim Tallbear (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) – associate professor in the faculty of Native studies at the University of Alberta
Shannon Shaw Duty (Osage) – editor of the Osage News
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