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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Scientists ID Indian DNA

DNA testing has established that Shawnee Chief Blue Jacket was not a white settler named Marmaduke van Swearingen.

A 19th-century writer apparently created the controversy in 1877 when he said Blue Jacket was actually van Swearingen, a white Shawnee captive who grew to be a noted warrior. In a dramatic twist, the chief was said to have killed one of his white brothers in the great Indian victory over the U.S. Army along the Wabash River in today's Mercer County. [Link]
DNA testing has not yet disproved the theory that Lakota Chief Sitting Bull was in fact Mary Todd Lincoln.

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