The DNA obtained from the sitting bull’s scalp lock was able to confirm a person’s claim that he was in fact the great-grandson of the Native American leader and his closest living relative.
Despite having birth and death certificates, a family tree and historical records, people have questioned for years whether Ernie LaPointe Lakota Sioux is a relative of the leader, a press release said.
While a new DNA technique using autosomal recessive DNA could eventually pacify silencers, ancient DNA was used for the first time to ensure family ties between living humans.
Unlike mitochondrial DNA that is passed from one mother to her offspring, autosomal DNA is inherited from both parents, making it possible to test genetic matching, even if the ancestor is from the family, according to the press release.
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The Native American chief’s hair deteriorated dramatically in 2007 after sitting at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington for more than a century before being returned to Lapoint and his siblings.
According to a study published in Science Advances, Lapoint and his siblings burned most hair locks at a spiritual ceremony but a small piece was saved for future analysis.
“I wrote to Lapoint and explained that I specialize in ancient DNA analysis and that I was a fan of Seating Bull, and that I would consider it a great honor to be allowed to compare Ernie and his sisters with DNA. When the DNA of the Native American leader’s hair was returned to them, “said SK Willerslave, research author and professor of zoology at Cambridge University.
It took researchers 14 years to find a usable part.
With new DNA evidence, Lapoint is now hoping to bury his great-grandfather in a more suitable place. He believes the bones of the seating bull are in Mobridge, South Dakota, where there is no significant relationship with the leader.
Sitting Bull, also known as Tatanka-Iotanka, was a legendary tribal chief best known for the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876, where he defeated 1,500 Lakota warriors against U.S. Army General George Armstrong Custer.
Researchers hope the new DNA technique will open more doors for testing ancient DNA.
“In principle, you can investigate whomever you want – from criminals like Jesse James to the family of the Russian Tsar, to Romanovs. If there is access to old DNA – usually extracted from bones, hair or teeth, they can be tested in the same way, “Willerslev said in a press release.
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