We are the first tribe in the State of South Carolina to obtain official recognition from the South Carolina Office of Vital Statistics. Additionally, the Waccamaw gained approval from the Governor’s Minority Affairs Ad Hoc Committee on Indian Recognition as an Indian Tribe as defined in the State of South Carolina.
At the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs meeting on February 17, 2005, the Waccamaw Indian People made history by becoming the first of two state recognized tribes in the history of the state of South Carolina. Today there are eight state – recognized tribes in South Carolina.
We're all a little anxious to resume traditions, and this is a tradition dating back almost 30 years.
Update from Chief Hatcher:
It is with regret that I say that Waccamaw Tribal Council has voted to cancel our Pauwau this year.
The reason is the uncertainty of the Covid Virus and how to manage it.
We believe that with the mask debate, the vaccine debate, and the ever increasing spread of the disease, we have to bite the bullet and be part of the solution.
Our School Days event is currently cancelled for this year but should resume next year at the tribal grounds,
591 Bluewater Rd, Aynor, SC.
For more information on how to register for this event, please contact Susan Hayes-Hatcher at [email protected].
Our open meetings are held the first Friday of every month, with limited exceptions: in January and December, it is the second Friday & in November, there is no meeting. These meetings are open to the public and begin at 7pm.
Our Pauwau Committee meetings are held monthly January-October on the second Thursday of each month at the tribal office at 6:30pm. These meetings are open to the public.
CONVERSATION WITH CHIEF HATCHER
Chief Hatcher talks about his upbringing in a segerated south, coming of age in a time of bigotry and poverty, and what compels him to fight for Native Rights in this fascinating episode of "Between the Waters" recorded at our 2014 Pauwau.
On May 7, 2004, The Waccamaw Indian People acquired 20 acres of land in the Dog Bluff community near Aynor, SC. Because Dog Bluff is the ancestral homeland of the tribe, we are overjoyed to reclaim a piece of our ancestral grounds. This milestone was reached thanks to the generosity of Shaun and Shirley Perkins.
Due to all the rain we had this year and not really recovering from the rain from last year, Mayor Keb Johnson of Aynor graciously offered the use of the Aynor Town Park for our school days and Pauwau this year (2015). Thursday, Friday and Saturday we had wonderful weather, up in the 80’s. Although it was cold and rainy on Sunday, folks braved the weather and came on out. We did have a covered dance arena with the hay bales under it and some bleachers for the public to have other seating.
We are still working on improving our grounds, ie bringing in more dirt to build up the property, building a restroom with showers and putting a new roof on our tribe office.
If you would like to help in this endeavor, please send a note to [email protected] and I will contact you.
Watch us as we continue to grow!