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Can DNA Testing Prove Native American Roots for Admission Purposes?

Question: My childrens' great grandmother was half Cherokee. The records in the courthouse were burned. Will colleges accept a DNA test as proof of race?

When college admission officials give admission priority to Native Americans, they are typically seeking those applicants who will help to diversify the student body. They don't care about DNA tests. They are interested in cultural connections that will enrich the campus community. Thus, if your children have a relationship with their Native American heritage, they can explain this in their applications, even if no documentation is available.

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