If I take a DNA test will that prove my Indian ancestry?

A DNA test will assist in verifying your paternity; which may or may not assist with proving Indian ancestry within a tribe your relatives are affiliated with. However, only a tribe may determine eligibility criteria for their citizens. Tribal codes (laws) will specify what requirements are for tribal citizenship; and may be posted on tribal websites to assist you with understanding eligibility criteria for becoming a tribal citizen (See Tribal Directories for contact information and websites for tribes).

Paying for a DNA test is not recommended unless a tribe specifically requires this per law or establishing parentage for Indian children.