They confirm the genetic link between the indigenous leader Toro Sentado and a great-grandson of his with a novel method

Confirman el vínculo genético entre el líder indígena Toro Sentado y un bisnieto suyo con un método novedoso

Scientists have confirmed that a 73-year-old man living in Lead (South Dakota) is the great-grandson of Sitting Bull, the legendary indigenous chief of the Sioux tribe, thanks to an innovative DNA method, according to a study published this Wednesday in Science Advances.

Investigators were able to establish that Ernie LaPointe is related to Sitting Bull after isolate the DNA of a lock of hair of indigenous leader. It took 14 years for researchers to find a way to extract usable genetic material from Sitting Bull’s hair, notes the release released this week. Finally, they did it using a technique that searches for autosomal DNA in genetic fragments extracted from a body sample.

According to the scientists, this is the first published example of confirmation of a family relationship between a contemporary and a historical individual through such limited amounts of ancient DNA Between such distant relatives

The family link between LaPointe and Sitting Bull has so far been based on birth and death certificates, a family tree and a review of historical records.

Sitting Bull is known for leading his people for years in resistance against the policies of the United States Government in the 19th century. The leader led 1,500 Lakota warriors in the batalla de Little Bighorn (1876), in which five of the twelve companies of the US Army’s 7th Cavalry Regiment led by Lieutenant General George Armstrong Custer, who died in that combat, were annihilated.

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