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From: "Anne" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Tracing Amerindian mtDNA , would it help prove Cherokee ancestry?
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 14:14:07 -0400
Fran, I think you are correct. My Eastern Band Cherokee ancestor did not
make it to the official rolls, and there's no way that's going to change
now. All we have is our research. Genealogy, not DNA; the cross-gender thing
makes DNA proof impossible.
Currently, a cousin is trying to prove his descent from the Eastern Band, a
different line from mine. He is one-eighth Cherokee and could qualify for
benefits if he succeeds. At least, that's our understanding. This cousin's
Cherokee ancestry is from a straight maternal line. Would an mtDNA test help
I hope you can gain admittance. Fran.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Fran Akridge" <>
Sent: Friday, October 15, 2004 1:43 PM
Subject: RE: [DNA] Tracing Amerindian mtDNA
> Different tribes have different rules. Generally, those recognized by the
> U.S. government as a tribe have stricter rules for tribal membership -
> may be part of the agreement for being U.S. recognized - I am not sure.
> The rule for the Cherokee tribe in Oklahoma and their related folks in
> Carolina (Eastern Band) is that, unless your ancestor was on the rolls,
> can forget it. It appears that my 2nd g-grandmother's sister was on the
> Eastern Band roll - I have not checked if that would admit me.
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