Waccamaw People Want to Bury Their Own, a film

The Waccamaw’s Right To Bury Their Own


Human remains have been excavated over the years in South Carolina some of which are from Horry County, the region of the Waccamaw Indians.


•​Analysis of these remains reveals the bones date back prior to the documented arrival of Europeans to the area in question – 1649.


•​Today these bones are housed in various state of South Carolina facilities contained in boxes sitting on shelves.


•​The Waccamaws surmise that many of these remains  are their ancestors and desire to inter them in a respectable and sustainable manner.


•​The government of the State of South Carolina seems to be bogged down in federal bureaucracy which stems from the non-federal status of the Waccamaw  people. 


•​The Federal Government will not sanction this process because the Waccamaws has not yet met the burden of proof  required by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to establish themselves as a federally recognized Indian tribe.


•​Like most indigenous native Americans the Waccamaw had no written language much less documentation of births, marriages and deaths.


•​Common sense makes it reasonable to believe that since the bones removed from lands occupied historically by the Waccamaw people and that they predate the arrival of Europeans and that there are no other known or suspected people who occupied the area other than Waccamaw, the remains are in all probability native Waccamaws deserving a proper burial with their kin.


•​Contact with SC Senators Graham and Scott, congressman Rice and federal bureaucrats, requesting help, have gone unanswered or out right ignored.


•​A documentary film is in production exploring how and why the simplicity of a request by indigenous people is being rejected and ignored by the United States Federal Government even though the government of the State of South Carolina officially recognized the Waccamaw, over thirteen years ago.


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