DNA Genealogy History Autosomal DNA Analysis Confirms Identity of Living Descendant of Sitting Bull By Esther October 31, 2021 Share Share Copy Link Last week, the multidisciplinary scientific journalScience Advancespublished an articlereporting a groundbreaking case of DNA identification: scientists were able to extract the DNA of legendary Lakota Sioux leader Tatanka Iyotake (Sitting Bull) and, using autosomal DNA analysis, confirm his relationship to his living great-grandson, Ernie LaPointe. Take a MyHeritage DNA test to confirm your own origins Sitting Bull (1831–1890) was a leader of the Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux, known for resisting the policies of the United States regarding Native Americans. He was killed by Indian agency police while they were trying to arrest him, and before his burial, the post surgeon took Sitting Bull’s scalp lock and cloth leggings as souvenirs. Sitting Bull was buried at Fort Yates in North Dakota, in a place now known as the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Vintage engraving of Sitting Bull, London Illustrated News, 1886. Sitting Bull’s family claims that this site has no significance for the leader, and in 1953, his relatives asked a mortician to open the gravesite, presumably so they could move his remains to a new site in Mobridge, South Dakota. Sitting Bull’s great-grandson, Ernie LaPointe, is concerned for the future of what he believes to be the final resting place of his ancestor. Before now, Ernie’s relationship to Sitting Bull had been proven by documentation: “birth and death certificates, a family tree, and a review of historical records,” according to theScience Advancesarticle. But when researcher Eske Willerslev read in an article in 2007 that the lock of hair was being returned to Sitting Bull’s descendants, he contacted the family, offering to extract their ancestor’s DNA from the hair and confirm their genetic relationship. A professor of ecology and evolution at the University of Cambridge, Eske normally focuses his research on analyzing ancient DNA to understand genetic diversity — but he had always admired Sitting Bull as a historical figure, and wanted to help the family uphold their ancestor’s legacy. Proving their relationship with DNA would further strengthen the family’s legal claim to deciding the fate of Sitting Bull’s burial site. However, extracting and analyzing Sitting Bull’s DNA was no simple task. After being stored at room temperature at the National Museum of Natural History for more than 100 years, the lock of hair had badly degraded and there wasn’t enough DNA to analyze it using the methods available at the time. So Eske and his team had to develop a new method. 更重要的是，确认父系或母系血统最简单的方法是分别通过Y染色体或线粒体DNA，但由于厄尼是坐牛的后代，通过他母亲的一侧，这两种方法都不可行。因此，研究人员分析了“坐牛”的常染色体DNA，并与厄尼的DNA进行了比较，他们能够确认“坐牛”确实是厄尼的曾祖父。 This wonderful story demonstrates that while Y-DNA and mtDNA have their uses and can be invaluable in certain situations, the autosomal test casts a wider net. Combined with advanced DNA research tools like MyHeritage’s filtering and sorting capabilities, the One-to-many Chromosome Browser, AutoClusters, and the Theory of Family Relativity™, the autosomal DNA test can do practically everything the Y-DNA or mtDNA test can do — and much more.Click here to learn more about the various types of DNA testand how you can research your maternal and paternal lines using MyHeritage DNA. Order your MyHeritage DNA kit today Tags:Autosomal DNA,Ernie LaPointe,Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux,Lakota Sioux,Sitting Bull,Tatanka Iyotake
December 1, 2021
Most interesting and excellent, especially about Sitting Bulls descendants.
January 5, 2022
Josephine Baker was an amazing Woman and deserve s the recognition for her achievements and bravery.