April 2, 2012, - 3:44 pm

Few US Blacks Have American Indian Blood, Contrary to Claims of Many

By Debbie Schlussel

Growing up in a Black neighborhood, graduating from a majority Black high school, and living in a Black city, if only I had a dime for every time someone Black told me they were “part Cherokee” (or some other Indian tribe).  But a Black ancestry and genetics expert says most Black claims of being part Indian just aren’t borne out in DNA testing.  No, you are not a Navajo princess.


DNA Tests Prove Most US Blacks Have Little or No Indian Blood

I’m sure you remember the self-important Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr.  He’s the race-baiter who whined ad nauseam about his arrest by the Cambridge police and got Barack Obama to stick his nose in it.  I don’t like the guy or his divisive race-based politics.  But I gotta give him credit for having the guts to tell the truth about a common myth among Black Americans, something he’s proven to be false in genetic tests he conducts for his Palestinian Broadcasting System show, “Finding Your Roots.”  And for showing a form of racial resentment:  that many Blacks are disappointed when they learn how much White European blood they have (including Cory Booker, the New Jersey Mayor who recently cuddled up to Muslims and attacked the NYPD for conducting legitimate terrorism investigations that saved American lives).

Mr. Gates breaks down each of his guests’ racial makeup into a simple pie chart. In an episode . . ., Newark Mayor Cory Booker discovers he is 47% African, 45% European, and 7% Asian or Native American.


Mr. Gates says that reveal “always gets an emotional response, positively or negatively.” For example, African-American guests are often surprised at how much European blood they carry and their lack of significant Native American ancestry. “It’s the biggest myth in African-American genealogy: ‘My great grandmother was a Cherokee princess,’ ” he says, adding, “The average slave and the average Native American didn’t even see each other, which makes it very hard to mate.”

Yup, you’re just another White person like me, not someone whose ancestors wore cool turquoise squash blossoms and used arrowheads in battle.

I understand the psychological need to think you came from some exotic people to feel special. It’s a stark sign of insecurity and an inferiority complex. Sadly, in our “I need to feel special” culture–where self-esteem has been unduly made into a premium–people are more about what they are and from whom they came, instead of what kind of persons they are and what they, personally, have achieved and contributed to this world.

And it’s not unique to Black people. In college, a woman I grew up with and with whom I went to a Jewish day school became my roommate for a year. I laughed and rolled my eyes when I learned that people around campus referred to this daughter of Hungarian Jewish Holocaust survivors as “The Countess.” She’d told fellow students throughout the University of Michigan that she was royalty and a countess, a complete fabrication. (Jews were not allowed to become European royalty (who were almost universally Catholic)–just the victims of their pogroms, blood libels, and persecution) I guess it wasn’t enough that she was the daughter of people who’d miraculously survived a massive genocide or that she, herself, was a junior Olympic champion. She needed to feel some weird artificial blueblood pedigreed superiority. This phony is now a medical doctor, and I wonder–now that she has the “Doctor” title–if she’s given up her false title of prestige.

But that’s the way it is in a society focused solely on fame at any cost, rather than personal contributions, achievements, and accomplishments.

I’m proud of where I came from–poor Jews from Poland who survived anti-Semitic persecution to come to America and make something of themselves–and who I am. People who aren’t proud of tihs are the ones who feel the need to create this type of faux-exoticism to feel important. It’s not about where you came from. It’s about what you do with it and, more relevant, where you are going.

Frankly, I’m more impressed when someone does something of note and doesn’t have kids out of wedlock that they’ve dumped on society, than whether or not their great-great-grandfather allegedly wore feathers and beaded moccasins.

Despite what I think of him, I’m glad Dr. Gates had the decency and honesty to call out this myth.

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I am soooooooo annoyed by all these freaks thinking they have “native american blood”. WHO THE FUNK CARES!!!!! Most certainly NOT the REAL natives, like ME!!! If you do not come from a LEGITIMATE tribal community, you are NOT native! PERIOD! Get it through your thick, wanna-be SKULLS already! Why not get all huffy about your more OBVIOUS ethnic affiliations, you know, the ones you can actually PROVE?? here is a clue. Your REAL ethnicity is the one you have no choice but belonging to. Its the language you speak, the place you live, the food you eat, the clothing you wear, the religion you follow…all that. And no, you CANNOT just “pick up” native american culture. You cannot follow our spiritual ways unless you are born to a tribe, we don’t and will NOT allow outsiders “in” (I know, goes against Christian teachings of all-inclusiveness, but thats christianity, not US…we are EXCLUSIVE with our beliefs, even amongst other tribes -as in, we limit what we share with other tribes regarding spirituality- and not “all-inclusive” spiritually..for very good reason beyond the non-native scope of understanding)You can learn our languages, sure, but it won’t change the fact that you were not BORN to us, you can google some of our recipes, but it doesn’t mean you learned them from generations of UNBROKEN teaching. Some reservations allow non-natives to live on them….but again…that does not change your ethnicity. At best, all non-natives have is STEREOTYPES and google to go off-of when learning about “native americans” and absolutely NO connection to a REAL tribe. A real native? Just has to look at their family and community to verify their tribal affiliation. http://www.suquamish.nsn.us/Portals/0/TribalNewsletters/Suquamish%20News%202-2013%20Web.pdf <–newsletter for my tribe. A LOT of the people in my tribe are mixed, but thats not a problem. We don't discriminate against those that are mixed. We don't enroll those who are NOT a part of the community. Every single one of our tribal members has at least ONE parent, ONE grandparent and at least one great-grandparent who was enrolled in, and raised in, our tribe.

Noel on February 11, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Noel,
    Interesting comments, and I understand your views about “culture vultures” I’m 50% American Indian by ethnicity and birth/blood etc…..however I wasn’t raised within an American Indian community etc….that does not change my ethnicity…..I grew up in the city that doesn’t change my ethnicity……..I don’t fluently speak my people’s language that doesn’t change my ethnicity……..This “person” that wrote this article has an agenda “it’s” evident in her words…she plainly and simply doesn’t like “Blacks”/African Americans…….she has a vendetta and is using this issue as a platform to mask her distain for the African American community.

    swade on June 19, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Noel, I agree 100% with you! it is really annoying, being a registered member of the Oglala Lakota, (I live in Wa by the way) and an unregistered member of whatever tribe my dad was, I understand how you feel. I get tired of NON Indians going around saying they are Indian constantly. I have had SO many white people tell me about their Cherokee princess grandmother. I have so many self righteous blacks, just say that they are “Native American” which they claim without any verifiable proof, mostly because they want benefits and to “stick it to the man” the man being the evil “white man” who is holding them back. I agree unless you have Native blood you should NOT be allowed to be anywhere near a reservation. especially because so many of these negroe apes like to sell Indian Kids drugs, and the negatively influence them to beat our women and treat them like crap like they do! I do NOT think anyone with black blood should be accepted at ALL by any federally recognized tribes. they have bad blood, and all they want to do is spread it around and then not pay child support. but they damn well want to have their child be considered “American Indian” even though that child will not look Native, and will definitely not re marry Native. I think there is something wrong with these people that can’t accept their own ethnic group whether it is white or black. Ignore all the libtard bashers on here telling you that you are a racist. you are NOT a racist for wanting to keep your ethnic group and genetic diversity as a people alive and thriving, anyone who tells you that NOT being a race traitor is bad, is a genocidal multiculturalist racist, that are helping to commit genocide intentionally for their own selfish purposes and inflated egos.

    @ Ajamu namichunka, I seriously doubt that. I have never seen a black person with any features other than black features.
    the reason is because if everyone went and out breeds with some other ethnic category, you can no longer say your kids are ______. for instance, if EVERY Swedish person went out and had kids with a black person, and NEVER had any kids with other Swedish people again, they would NOT be Swedish anymore. the genetic code and ethnic group of Swedish people would go extinct. they would no longer count as genetically Swedish.

    Benjamin on June 19, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Wow. I’m sure the perfect pasty folks over at Stormfront are loving ignoramuses like you and Schlussel. To heII with you.

      Nona on May 2, 2014 at 8:47 am

      @ Benjamin,

      Wow. I’m sure the perfect pasty folks over at Stormfront are loving ignoramuses like you and Schlussel.

      “I have never seen a black person with any features other than black features.”

      Really? Pulling that “All blacks look alike” bull? Well, the same could be said about you and your ilk as well; just because the centuries-old worldwide dominant Anglo propaganda that white is always better, doesn’t make it so. No wonder CONServatives don’t live in reality. Forever the believers in fairy tales. So, to heII with you.

      Nona on May 2, 2014 at 9:04 am

      “I do NOT think anyone with black blood should be accepted at ALL by any federally recognized tribes..” – Benjamin

      But people with “White” blood, you’re okay with? Good, I’m glad we have that understanding.

      You get the BOOGER award. :-)

      BoogerTSnotting on May 11, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I resent the article indicating we (Black Americans) are not Native Americans. I’m Native through my mother, 85% of the tribal members were slaughtered by a pale skin Irish man known as Logan, because he thought the tribe was responsible for killing his family. Black that were enslaved took in many Native Americans as did Native Americans take in enslaved Blacks. How Native Americans, suddenly got pale skin, blue eyes and blond hair is a mystery to us all. True Native Americans don’t habour hatred, which what got us in trouble in the first place. Native Americans also don’t the genetic composition to breakdown sulfer, which is was in the alcohol that the pale faces gave them, that’s why we called it fire water. It was given to them on purpose, just like drugs is planted in minority areas – to destroy them!

    Broken Arrow on November 28, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      easy enough. DNA is the way to prove it. You may be but the article is talking about the majority.Many do make claims that are very questionable. Indian features are obvious as are white as are black as are Asian.

      LaTxGuy on February 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Ok a lot of you people just assume that all black people try to falsely claim and take advantage of their heritage. My family knows exactly who and how we mixed with Native
      American which happened way after slavery sooo we know exactly who it is, name place of birth every thing. Not once have we tried to claim native American or exploit the benefits and I wont do that crap because I respect all of my ancestors African and Native American I love and respect both which is why it hurts soo much to see people who treat us who can actually can trace our native blood like crap because we are are black, or through the stupid stereo types associated with us.

      Britt on March 17, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    You’re absolutely correct. I don’t understand why African Americans want to claim that when our history is so much more rich, and strong. The only thing that Native Americans and African Americans have in common is the fact that the “white man” took us or stole us from our native land. I’ve been told I was “part Native American” but who cares ? I surely do NOT want to claim that. I’m a proud African American with African ancestry with no traces of “indian”.

    Ciara on December 23, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      good for you! But remember that white also enslaved white as well and are probably the most enslaved race today. Slavery was all over and if one considers it then the negro was likely the least enslaved race on earth except for the Indian which proved non enslaveable as far as races go if one was to separate them from the mongoloid. One should be prou8d of what they are. Stop looking back as it will only limit your abilities to see what is in front of you.

      LaTxGuy on February 8, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I am an African American, Scott/Irish and yes I know the Nation of the Native American that I am mixed with. I do know my Native religion, songs, dance and food but I never ask to be recognized by that Nation. It seems to me that many Native Americans find it acceptable to be mixed with or appear White but not Black? Why? Original features are lost no matter what you mix with so why is the White more acceptable? There are many communities, for example in N.C. where African Americans and Native Americans have mixed for many generations. What is the problem? I am proud to be an American who care what color or ethnic origin. I think that there are more pressing issues to address such as jobs, education, food, housing and security. Let the rest alone.

    RN on March 24, 2014 at 10:54 am

Cory Booker has some Native American ancestry since he’s 7% Native American,so he’s one of the few.

reggie on February 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm

And what about many blonde haired blue eyed whites that claim to be part Cherokee?

reggie on February 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    exactly, same argument. Do not get so damn sensitive as if you are being attacked dude.

    LaTxGuy on February 8, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    My sister is blonde haired and blue eyed, and she is a direct descendant of 2 chiefs: Pathkiller, and Dragging Canoe, and she has the paper work to prove it, and all her kids qualified for Indian assistance under the tribe. What a lot of people don’t realize is that the Scandinavians were mixing with various native communities long before other white people. About 1,000 years before.

    Alex on July 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Until he has tested 75% of the African American community, then it is not a myth. This would be him trying to be politically correct.

Faith on April 20, 2013 at 9:25 pm

To all the Whiners (those who see themselves as victims of crap that happened to your great-grandparents, not you),

Time to grow up. Period. No one, except those who PC idiots who perpetuate the idea that you are victims so that they can continue to manipulate you, cares about your self-esteem by tribalism or how YOU racially identify / lable yourself.

That’s because real Americans, most of them native born (since they were born in country to American citizen parents), are too busy actually working on their self-esteem by actually working at jobs, raising kids to become future responsible American citizens and taking an interest in where the country that succors them is going. Their heads are not stuck in the past, they are not whining about what happened decades ago, they don’t see themselves as victims, they are moving on.

My great-grandfather WAS Cherokee from the Oklahoma / Missouri area. He watched my great-great-grandfather sit down & die because the world was changing and instead of accepting reality, he whined himself to death. My great-grandfather didn’t whine; he did what he needed to do to survive and succeed in the real world, joined the army, married my great-grandmother, moved to New Mexico (don’t get me started on the whiny tribes here), raised his family and worked his farm. Not a single one of HIS off spring accepted government handouts or believed they were entitled to handouts (government or otherwise) because of their skin color or who their ancestors happened to be. They worked for what they wanted. And even though my mother, my sister & I could get roll numbers, we are too proud of own own hard work & accomplishments to even want to join of bunch of whiners.

You special-interest people, who base your specialness upon an accident of birth / skin color really need to get over yourselves. If you want something to be proud of, try being proud of your own personal accomplishments (free rides to college don’t count unless you earned those rides by hard work in high school)…you know, like, hard work?

To the Whiners on April 25, 2013 at 10:29 am

    first of all your comment about getting or not wanting to get your “roll numbers” is mute….and out-right unfounded….they stopped issuing “roll numbers” in 1907. Do some research before you start spattering nonsense from your mouth. Geesh.

    swade on June 19, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I have seen with my own eyes many Blacks with obvious indian features unless they were indians with black features, either way, what difference does it make? You have mixture of native and African in central and south america as well as the Caribbean. So what? Will somebody tell me what the issue is?

ajamu chaminuka on April 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I think it’s quite hilarious. Because Native American Indians only breed with their own kind. Not to mention there’s very very VERY few NAI to begin with; Why can’t black people just be proud to be black. Why all this shame? Love who you are, you are beautiful.

Ellen on June 18, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Ellen,
    Come on they only “breed” with their own kind? What world do you live in? Very few…..yes in comparison to other Ethnicities less “yes”……but not as few as you’d think….do you know how many Federally recognized Tribal Nations there are? I get not……..500 in North American alone…….There are some “Blacks” with American Indian heritage……as well as other ethnicities with American Indian heritage also….ie (Whites, Hispanics etc)….. and yes there are many from many groups falsely or incorrectly claiming heritage…..but what of those that do have a parent that is American Indian…..are they to discard the 1/2 of their Ethnic makeup if they generally have darker skin because of the other 1/2 African heritage……..*perhaps, you’d invoke that old “slave owner” mentality of the “one drop rule”…….? I don’t know……but your claims seem blatantly based on your own unfounded opinion. Which, in reality doesn’t matter.

    swade on June 19, 2013 at 2:23 am

    Where are you gathering your information to believe that Native American are so much different than any other ethnicity. Your claim that NA only breed with their own is totally false. I know – first hand.
    Think it though next time, please.

    However, I do believe Gates report that a far less percentage of Native American blood exist within the Black community.

    Having said that, I person should not be judge by the color of their skin…

    Jai on August 3, 2013 at 10:10 am

Perhaps you ALL should read this very interesting article it will enlighten you.

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/06/03/not-all-american-indians-are-red

Billy D. on June 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Benjamin, you’re an ass! My grandfather is of the Cherokee nation and I date a LAKOTA indian. Ever heard of the ROSEBUD reservation? Well… now YOU know! Stop being like your oppressors and do know there are some, not a lot of mixed us Natives (with White and Black ancestors as well)out here! Maybe then, you can accept whatever difficult challenge(s)you are facing with someone OR somebody(s)!

Tony on September 7, 2013 at 11:34 am

This article really comes across as rude and very bias. Whoever wrote this… it makes sense, but you rampaging about if isn’t the way to go.
You sound like you’re about to gut every black person that claims to be native.
I’m no special race, but.. I don’t think black people would be that devastated finding out their mixture is white opposed to native.
Being A Native American doesn’t make you that exotic…. being foreign makes you exotic to Americans.
You’re no more special than any other race. Do not disrespect everyone else’s.

Katy Alyssa on September 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm

As much as it’s a little annoying to hear Blacks say that they have Native American ancestry, I get irritated by those who tote their “I’m a member of so-and-so Nation” as if they are down on those who have proof.

I have mixed feelings about Gate’s findings on that “myth”. What Gates says makes perfect sense. However, I’d like to add that just suppose the one who raped the mother was 1/64th Cherokee and was raised Cherokee. Thank about it. All sides of the facts hasn’t been considered. I used to do research on Cherokee history and some of the important figures were more Caucasian than Cherokee, only Cherokee culturally.

And suppose the DNA testings are actually rigged. I’m just saying. Scientists are humans too and humans do lie. If I were Morgan Freeman, I’d get a second opinion and look really hard into it. I just think that that was too easy. Like Gates is trying to manipulate this. All I can say is that, it’s best that you investigate yourself. Do some digging. Seek the truth.

Another thing to consider is that, instead of focusing only on the Black community as to how many have NA ancestry, why not also add the Native American community. See how many have African ancestry.

I’m not downplaying the facts, just that the facts need to be further investigated.

KAC on October 7, 2013 at 9:58 pm

I just want to make note of this fact, Native Americans from over a hundred ago were as dark as some blacks, the ones you see now look darn near white. Maybe someone should do a DNA on these so called FBI’s (Full blooded Indians)I know I have a great grand mother that is native American, because I have a picture of her and there is no doubt. She was from Chickasaw county in Mississippi and born in 1888 and I don’t care about cashing in on any heritage. No one knows what kind of blood is running through their veins, but it doesn’t matter because we are all human. You so called reservation natives can keep your government money, in fact I would put it towards more AA sponsorships. It seems to be more acceptable for whites to claim native heritage, which is fine with me, but don’t forget back in the day light skinned blacks were claiming to be white. Oh yes that’s why whites claimed native blood when their skin got a little darker in the sun, “oh that’s because I have Indian Blood”. God, our creator gave everyone us the right DNA to make us who we are, so we should appreciate His gift of life no matter what color we are or what blood runs through your veins. In closing, Debbie Schlussel is that collagen in your lips or maybe some of your African ancestry showing? PEACE!

onedrop on October 21, 2013 at 10:24 pm

I am A.A. roots are in south Carolina,my great grandmother was said that she was cherokee, but she looked looked like a white wokan to me.but looking at my grandmother, she looks like a full blooded indian with dark skin.my g.grandma was not a slave. B1859.a lot of my great grandmother’s offispring, including my self have a funny colored brown eyes.unless you test more 20 people there isn’t any way to tell.this article is strait b.s., a d for all the posts saying, get off govnt asst.should know that more white people get more assistance than any ethnic group. The author states that she’s of polish jewish decent, she knows this without DNA. A.A.were striped of every Inch of their culture.and yes some of us are mixed with some of everything, but the vast maJority are mixoc different sub s.africans.I do agree with
Being proud of who you are! Especially for A.A., DNA says that sub.s.africans are the only pure humans on this planet!!! Now thats something to be proud of!!!, lol, even jews have caveman DNA.

kelvin on December 4, 2013 at 3:07 am

Its a know fact that a lot of African americans in the south are of native decent as well but in the south if you were not white you were negro in those days at least as far into the 1970′s no one cared what you were or your family history if you were not white and remember that a lot of slaves were hinding and marrying natives so it may sound silly when people say it but most of them in certain states in the south are and if people take a closer look and do a little research they will find out how much this is really true

j.rocker on December 8, 2013 at 4:45 am

Can anyone state what the actual origin of the original Cherokee was before the Dawes rolls and slavery in terms of time, place, date, parent tribes, and language roots?

ChristianCriminalsDestroyedMyBushyHeadedAmericanAboriginalTribe on April 4, 2014 at 1:44 am

Can anyone describes the physical characteristics of the original Maya via documented official self portraits?

ChristianCriminalsDestroyedMyBushyHeadedAmericanAboriginalTribe on April 4, 2014 at 1:48 am

How did people with pale skin get on the Dawes rolls as having significant tribal blood quorum?

ChristianCriminalsDestroyedMyBushyHeadedAmericanAboriginalTribe on April 4, 2014 at 2:00 am

What did Chief Powhatan and his daughter really look like? and what was the real story, and the Captain Smith thing was complete lie?

ChristianCriminalsDestroyedMyBushyHeadedAmericanAboriginalTribe on April 4, 2014 at 2:02 am

What did the first Americans look like fifty thousand years ago?

ChristianCriminalsDestroyedMyBushyHeadedAmericanAboriginalTribe on April 4, 2014 at 2:04 am

How did Louis and Clark of the U.S. Army describe the physical characteristics of the Choctaw and size of their territory?

ChristianCriminalsDestroyedMyBushyHeadedAmericanAboriginalTribe on April 4, 2014 at 2:06 am

Where did America really get its name? No, it was Alberigo Vespucci.

ChristianCriminalsDestroyedMyBushyHeadedAmericanAboriginalTribe on April 4, 2014 at 2:19 am

What did the Olmecs look like? What happened to them? What happen to the Abannaki, the Timucia, the original Algonquin,the Original Maya, the original Choctaw, the original Catawba, etc.
When you find these answers, you will have to conclude that many federally recognized tribal members all complete imposters, or are in denial of the first Americans who were Aboriginal.

ChristianCriminalsDestroyedMyBushyHeadedAmericanAboriginalTribe on April 4, 2014 at 2:33 am

Why were there several hundred pyramids build along the Mississippi? Are the Mayan pyramids older than the Mayan themselves? What is the origin of the Mayan? Have you ever seen a documented self color portrait of a Mayan. Who else builds pyramids. Do Hollywood type looking Indians build pyramids?

ChristianCriminalsDestroyedMyBushyHeadedAmericanAboriginalTribe on April 4, 2014 at 2:39 am

Can a descendants of the first American (Aboriginal American)who came from the east and west fifty thousand years ago CONSISTENTLY match their DNA with a Hollywood looking type Indian who came on the scene twelve thousand years ago at the very most?

ChristianCriminalsDestroyedMyBushyHeadedAmericanAboriginalTribe on April 4, 2014 at 2:45 am

• The first detailed description of the Delawares is in a letter from William Penn to the Committee of the Free Society of Traders in 1683.

CAN SOMEONE VERIFY THIS…

On his first encounter with the Lenapi, William Penn wrote: ”For their Persons, they are generally tall, streight, well-built, and of singular Proportion; they tread strong and clever, and mostly walk with a lofty Chin: OF COMPLEXION, BLACK, but by design, as the Gypsies in England: They grease themselves with Bears-fat clarified, and using no defence against Sun or Weather, their skins must be swarthy
• Source: William Penn to the Committee of the Free Society of Traders in 1683

DID THE FOUNDER OF PENNSYLVANIAN JUST SAY THat THE native PEOPLE OF THE LAND HAD BLACK SKIN? THAT’S JUST LIKE THE REAL POCAHANTAS WHO WAS KIDNAPPED AT AGE NINE. This is all over the place except in school history books.

DO NOT BOTHER TRYING TO TEACH A “WHITE SUPREMACIST.”

ChristianCriminalsDestroyedMyBushyHeadedAmericanAboriginalTribe on April 4, 2014 at 3:01 am

By now you should be able to realized that Dr. Gates is way off at the least and a suspected of worshipping “White” supremacy for financial gain at the most. If you showed some of the things that I have been pointing out to you guys here in this blog on his show, he would not have a show for long, inasmuch as “White” supremacists would “pull the plug.” I keep writing “White” this way because their is NO SUCH THING AS A WHITE HUMAN BEING, their are just pale humans. Not all pale skin people volunteer to be “White.” Likewise, Not all brown skin people elect to be “Black.” Human can have pale to indigo skin (dark bluish purplish like), not black, at least when they are alive.

DO NOT BOTHER TRYING TO TEACH A “WHITE” SUPREMACIST.

ChristianCriminalsDestroyedMyBushyHeadedAmericanAboriginalTribe on April 4, 2014 at 3:17 am

I am tired of the Indian claim too. If you cannot prove what ancestor had a direct link to NA culture, then don’t claim it. Having Indian looking features are not enough to claim it. Also, quit getting that perm and then claiming Indian.

Walker on April 5, 2014 at 12:07 am

Most Blacks in Appalachia have it as a matter of fact. My family goes back to the Colonial era and have had substantial admixture throughout the centuries

Omega Man on April 10, 2014 at 1:28 pm

80.8%
Sub-Saharan African
58.1%
West African
0.8%
Central & South African
21.8%
Nonspecific Sub-Saharan African
12.9%
European

Northern European
< 0.1%
British & Irish
3.1%
Nonspecific Northern European
9.8%
Nonspecific European

6.2%
East Asian & Native American
3.6%
Native American
0.0%
Southeast Asian
0.0%
East Asian
2.6%
Nonspecific East Asian & Native American

Omega Man on April 10, 2014 at 1:28 pm

A vast amount of Blacks can claim indigenous American heritage as black american indigenous people by description of the first peoples here by explorers etc. And being a part of a tribe wasn’t just abt ethnicity anyway. People were welcome as human beings of good character, as I understand. I will stick to my family history of having native american blood regardless of what a DNA test may say with all of its man-made figures that few understand anyway or that can tested for validity. And regardless of how many of the nasty looks that so called natives of today may give.

Carl on April 12, 2014 at 8:12 pm

I agree with all of these comments on but what’s. Wrong with being black of afro there’s nothing with I’m black Indian my grandmother’s a Blackfoot and my other grandmother’s a chcotaw wrong information that is very disrespectful to blacks people and that is disrespectful to the native American people these people were here first and to clear something up the indians they helped People fed people they raised people helped the slaves when the whites were looking for them! They. Weren’t looking at people because of the color of there fucking skin the person that thinking that are to have never been born

Antawn Chinn on May 1, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    @BoogerTSnotting, The first and only intelligent comment about the article. Thank you for that.

    Mary on May 25, 2014 at 10:27 am

When God life and humans they indians were here first on the land they were nice and kind hearted people they give witch leaded whites and British to steal from them including there American land the native were not strong to fight for they lands you Poeple don’t know what is what and if you’re indians take the hate out your heart for different race

Antawn Chinn on May 1, 2014 at 10:07 pm

I am always surprised the minute Native American ancestry is brought up in the US and the validity of this ancestry being discussed in peoples ancestry, the chickens fly the coop and become personally insulted by Gates comments.

With regard to Corey Booker results with 23andMe, was prior to 23andMe’s ancestry update. Before this, the results for people of African ancestry (incl. Latin Americans), had only three categories African, European and East Asians. Black ancestried people for some reason produced false Asian results. Since the update, in Dec 2012, the algorithm has been correct. Most Black Americans (with 23andMe) show under 1% Native American/East Asian results. Results under 1% can be statistical noise and most likely not reliable. Black Americans that produce over 2% EA/NA is an indicator that one has an Native American ancestor, and some are very aware of their ancestry.

Having said that…Everybody is over-reacting here. Prof. Luis Gates is not saying individual “Black” Americans don’t have Native American ancestry, he is simply saying and I agree, after seeing various DNA results, Black Americans as a population are not “admixed” with Native Americans to support 90% of the Black Amer. community saying, “I got Indian in me.”
The same can be said for White Americans. Most of their DNA results come back 100% European of a small % of Sub-Saharan African. Most under 2%. A small % of the Black community do have genuine Indian ancestry. 90% of Black American tested, with 23andMe show less than 1% Native Ancestry, as I mentioned. There is no conspiracy or fudging of the numbers.
Think about that? Black Americans were enslaved by Whites and were in very close contact with Whites, not Indians for the most part. Indians were placed on Reservations or relocated. Indians were not free-roaming and intermixing widely with White or Blacks.

BoogerTSnotting on May 11, 2014 at 12:59 pm

with millions of abortions each year, and continued race mixing, hopefully blacks will disappear in America!

light at the end of the tunnel on May 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

To all those persons who claim Amerindian (Native American) ancestry, black & white. Please put your money where your mouth is and donate to American Indian causes.

William Edmonds on May 30, 2014 at 9:47 am

Umm, no. This is so much more complicated than you’ve portrayed. We didn’t make it up! That’s what our parents and grandparents believed and told us. The reason why the myth of Native American heritage persists in our community is b/c it was more socially acceptable than the real reason. It’s been passed down for so long that we now believe it to be true.

How do you think all of these black Americans came to be “so” white? According to ancestry.com my great great great grandmother had 6 children all fathered by her master. She is listed as mulatto in census documents as was her mother. Her father was her mother’s slave owner. If you’re going to expose our heritage, why tell the whole ugly truth.

I’m not special, I’m just the product of 100s of years of sexual violence. Thanks for the reminder.

Amanda on July 12, 2014 at 2:00 am

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