Sitting Bull's great-grandson identified using new DNA technique

Culture October 28, 2021 News
Sitting Bull's great-grandson identified using new DNA technique

From CNN | Americas by Katie Hunt, CNN

The great-grandson of the legendary Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull has been confirmed as his closest living relative using an innovative new DNA technique applied to hair taken from the Native American leader's scalp lock.

People had tried to question Ernie LaPointe's relationship with Sitting Bull, who was also known as Tatanka-Iyotanka, LaPointe said in a news release. LaPointe wanted to have their relationship confirmed via genetic analysis to put an end to the speculation and allow the final resting place of Sitting Bull's remains to be settled.

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