July 28, 2003
Re: Native American Remains in SC
Dear Tribal Leaders:
On July 25, 2003 at the office of the Commission for Minority Affairs, Mr. Jonathan Leader shared a recent letter issued
by this organization regarding Native American human remains. This letter is
a follow up of the short public discussion, and formal request for your group's support in this matter.
In the interest of all Indian groups of South Carolina, CIHA has issued a letter to the Catawba Indians requesting
they relinquish their claim to Native American human remains in the state. The
intent behind the letter was the idea of relieving tribal leaders of the problem and to later turn over any remains recovered
to the correct Indian group or area.
Once the Catawba Indians relinquish their right to claim the remains, CIHA will take the next necessary steps to recover
the remains and return them to their respective Indian group and/or area. We
ask now that you show your support by issuing letters to the Catawba, courtesy copying CIHA, stating your support to CIHA
in the matter. We also ask that you submit your claim to CIHA in advance to human
remains that may be recovered in advance to expedite repatriation of the remains.
Thanking you in advance for your cooperation,
S. Michelle Pounds
Chief Executive Officer
for Minority Affairs
6904 North Main Street, Suite 107
Columbia, SC 29203
Jonathan Leader, State Archaeologist
1321 Pendleton Street
Columbia, SC 29208