Date: January 31, 2012 09:52AM
Why should that surprise you?
"Lamanite" is just a metaphor now too. It means, anyone who resides in central/south America and joins the church. They're adopted as a Lamanite, no matter what their DNA says. Lamanite is a spiritual/covenant tribe, not physical clan.
I'm not making this up.
"Church discussions of Lamanite ancestry (or Israelite ancestry generally) is not about genetics, but is focused on covenant promises and blessings."http://en.fairmormon.org/Amerindians_as_Lamanites