Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication

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pp. iii-v

CONTENTS

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pp. vii-vii

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. ix-xi

Many people helped along the path to this book. I can name but a few important individuals here, and I name them chronologically. I thank my mother, LeeAnn TallBear, for impressing on me from my earliest memory that education could make all the difference in living a full and productive life—that it could take me to interesting places in ...

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INTRODUCTION: An Indigenous, Feminist Approach to DNA Politics

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pp. 1-29

Scientists and the public alike are on the hunt for “Native American DNA.”1 Hi-tech genomics labs at universities around the world search for answers to questions about human origins and ancient global migrations. In the glossy world of made-for-television science, celebrity geneticist Spencer Wells travels in jet planes and Land Rovers to farflung ...

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1. Racial Science, Blood, and DNA

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pp. 31-66

The phenomenon of Native American DNA can be understood in all of its richness only if it is understood as co-constituted with U.S. race categories, which themselves are coproduced with Euro-American colo nial practices, including eighteenth- through twentieth-century U.S. race laws, policy, and programs. The meanings of Native American ...

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2. The DNA Dot-com: Selling Ancestry

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pp. 67-103

In the early 1960s, researchers began applying new genetic techniques to traditional anthropological questions.1 The new science was coined “molecular anthropology.” Today, researchers around the world use a growing arsenal of techniques to study ancient human migrations and the biological and cultural relationships between human groups in ...

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3. Genetic Genealogy Online

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pp. 105-141

Genealogy research is perhaps the most popular U.S. American pastime.1This chapter explores the practice of “genetic genealogy,” or genealogical (“family tree”) research that makes use of ancestry-DNA tests to fill in documentary gaps. Often called an obsession, genealogy re search had an estimated forty million practitioners in the United States ...

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4. The Genographic Project: The Business of Research and Representation

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pp. 143-176

In April 2005, the National Geographic Society and IBM, with funding from the Waitt Family Foundation (established by a cofounder of Gateway, Inc.), launched the Genographic Project as a five-year “research partnership”1 that aims to “trace the migratory history of the human species” and “map how the Earth was populated.”2 The Genographic Project, a ...

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CONCLUSION: Indigenous and Genetic Governance and Knowledge

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pp. 177-204

“Native American DNA” fascinated me from the first moment that I heard it uttered. Not having taken a genetics or biological anthropology class, that first utterance struck my ears at a meeting having to do with a grant that my employer had won from the U.S. Department of Energy’s program in the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) ...

NOTES

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pp. 205-235

INDEX

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pp. 237-252

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About the Author

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pp. 254-254

Kim TallBear is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin.