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Native American DNATribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science$
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Kim TallBear

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665853

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665853.001.0001

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Racial Science, Blood, and DNA

Racial Science, Blood, and DNA

(p.31) 1 Racial Science, Blood, and DNA
Native American DNA

Kim TallBear

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter 1 defines “Native American DNA,” explains genetic ancestry tests, and defines the “DNA profile” used in tribal enrollment. It traces biological “race” as rooted in 19th-century science and “Indian blood” rooted in 19th-century policy, arguing that DNA and blood should not be conflated in relation to Native American identity.

Keywords:   indigenous peoples, Native Americans, genetics and identity, race and genetics, genetic genealogy, bioethics, science and technology studies, indigenous studies

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