DNA Betrays Heritage

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The United States has treated its indigenous people poorly for much of its history, yet today thousands of people are anxious to show their Native American heritage and are turning to DNA testing for help.

Some white Americans have long claimed distant ties to Cherokee princesses or other legendary figures among those explorer Christopher Columbus mistakenly called Indians when he thought he had arrived in South Asia. More at Reuters ->
This may well be the start of a National Racial Registry List (I realize we already have the Social Security System), where you must disclose your heritage for federal funding, getting membership into certain associations, etc. Is this a good thing?

I am all for racial pride, but this practice can easily get abused. Didn't Hitler try to create a "Master Race" with pureness of backward science to back him up?

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Anonymous Jack T

It's good for American Indians to get their DNA analysted. That way, Federal dollars go to those who can actually prove it; as it is, there are way too many scammers out there.

This is a good solution in my book.

- jt

Anonymous scott w

Well, at least now I know I'll be easier for me to collect my Federal paycheck. God Bless America!

- Scott W

Anonymous Ryan

I wish Native Americans would just stop complaining. What happened was in the past, they just need to get over it and move on. They have a victim mentality.

- ryan

Anonymous Robert Allen

I just don't see what the big deal is, and who's paying for the DNA tests? taxpayers, I bet.

- Robert Allen

Anonymous Chuck S

This is pretty amusing. Future generations will think it's so absurd that we don't want to choose the sex of our children.

- Chuck S

speak up!

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