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Freedmen descendants use DNA to show Indian blood


About 100 descendants of the Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes have taken DNA tests that show they have Indian blood, The Oklahoman reports.

Ohio State University geneticist Rick Kittles took the samples to test his hypothesis that Freedmen descendants are about 20 percent Indian. He said he was surprised when the results revealed an average of 6 percent Indian blood.

Some Freedmen descendants said they were disappointed but that the tests prove they have Indian ancestors. The DNA also showed African and even European blood.

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Freedmen's descendants discover past (The Oklahoman 6/3)
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