Sioux Indians - R-1 "Y" DNA




The interesting map above shows the Great Sioux Reservation in the American west.  These Native Americans were the classic buffalo hunters, living a nomadic life on the great plains hunting buffalo. They were very successful warriors and of course defeated General Custer at the battle of the Little Bighorn.

As a western tribe their contact with eastern American colonists was minimal in the early years of settlement of the United States.  But their "Y" DNA is about 50% R-1 - higher than some of the eastern tribes such as the Cherokee. This is an argument against the belief that R-1 is the result of post Columbian migration and intermarriage.   


http://www.ndstudies.org/resources/IndianStudies/standingrock/historical_gs_reservation.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y-DNA_haplogroups_in_indigenous_peoples_of_the_Americas


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