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Petitioning President Barack Obama

Stop discriminating against non-federal Indians

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I am a combat veteran with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart from Combat in Vietnam. I am, also the leader of the state recognized Waccamaw Indians of South Carolina.

There are over 600 sets of human remains on shelves in South Carolina some for over 50 years. These are my ancestors, my people, my great grandmothers and grandfathers. There is no study, no survey and no reason to keep these people from a final resting place except bigoted laws that set Indians aside.

If the remains were of Whites, Blacks, Orientals, or any other ethnic group, they would have been released to their next- of- kin, years ago.

Additionally, I and many of my people are of the ancient faith and our religion requires the molted feather of an eagle for various ceremonies including the practice of placing one in the casket of a loved one to ensure a quick journey to the creator.

My people are denied this rite as well, a violation of our freedom of religion; a rite guaranteed in the American Bill of Rights to every American Citizen.  Are we not American Citizens? The Constitution provides no exclusion for non-federally recognized Indians.

Over the last thee years I have written President Obama over 20 times telling him of these atrocities and asking that he hear me and other native leaders, but the only response I get is bulk mail asking for donations to his campaign.

He stands up for Hispanics and Blacks, and even foreign citizens but my people and me have been completely ignored.

Like him or loath him, he has the power to make changes but he won’t even listen. Maybe his screeners are at fault but many voices will be heard!

I am asking that you add your voice to mine and tell President Obama to meet with me and other Non-federal Indians and begin a process wherein we have the same rights as other American Citizens.

Thank you

Chief Harold (Buster) Hatcher

Waccamaw Indian People of South Carolina

Letter to
President Barack Obama
I just signed the following petition addressed to: President Barack Obama.

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Stop discriminating against non-federal Indians

I am a combat veteran with a Bronze Star and a Purple heart from Combat in Vietnam. I am, also the leader of the state recognized Waccamaw Indians of South Carolina.

There are 600 sets of Human Remains on shelves in South Carolina. These are my people, my great grand ancestors but the United states has refused to release them to my people for internment since we are not federally recognized.

I and many of my people are of the ancient faith and our religion requires the molted feather of an eagle for various ceremonies including the practice of placing one in the casket of a loved one to ensure a quick journey to the creator.

My people are be denied this right as well and that amounts to a violation of our first amendment rights to freedom of religion which is guaranteed in the United Sates Constitution. We are Americans and there is no exclusion for non-federally recognized Indians.

Over the last thee years I have written President Obama over 20 times telling him of these atrocities and asking that he hear me and other Native leaders. I have not received a single answer.

He does however, stand up for Hispanics and Blacks, but Indians, especially non-federal Indians, are ignored. Please tell President Obama to meet with me and other Non-federal Indians and begin a process wherein we may be treated as real citizens of this country.

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Sincerely,

Harold (Buster) Hatcher
Chief of the Waccamaw