American Indian tribe considers DNA testing to determine casino profit entitlement

With members of Native American tribes entitled to a share of casino revenues, many tribes are resorting to genetic testing to guarantee authentic descent. The Chukchansi tribe, which operates the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in California at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, will soon vote on whether to introduce a DNA paternity test to determine the validity of claims to membership. Central to the tribe’s concerns is that the tribe has expanded from 23 in the 1980s to over 1,000 at present. Around 700 members have been expelled through non-genetic means since 2003 when their casino opened. Chairman Reggie Lewis says:

“Since we started a casino a few years ago, all of a sudden we had Chukchansis coming out of the woodwork. We thought DNA would be a way to make sure that we only get people who are qualified to be in the tribe in the tribe.” Others argue that the decision is motivated by a desire that the remaining members receive an even larger share of the casino’s revenues. ~ Casino News, Jun 17

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