A Brief History of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation

The Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation—OBSN for short—is a small Indian community located primarily in the old settlement of Little Texas, Pleasant Grove Township, Alamance County, North Carolina.

Until the middle part of the 20th century, the community was largely occupied in agricultural pursuits, sometimes supplemented by day wage labor jobs or jobs in nearby factories. In recent decades the numbers of people engaged full or part time in agriculture has declined significantly, and most working adults in the community now work in offices, or as skilled workers and craftsmen, or in the few remaining factories in the area.

The OBSN community is a lineal descendant of the Saponi and related Indians who occupied the Piedmont of North Carolina and Virginia in pre-contact times, and specifically of those Saponi and related Indians who formally became tributary to Virginia under the Treaties of Middle Plantation in 1677 and 1680, and, who under the subsequent treaty of 1713 with the Colony of Virginia agreed to join together as a single community. This confederation formed a settlement at Fort Christianna along the Virginia/North Carolina border in what is now Brunswick County, Virginia. The confederation included the Saponi proper, the Occaneechi, the Eno, the Tutelo, and elements of other related communities such as the Cheraw. All of these communities were remnants of much larger Siouan communities that had lived in North Carolina and Virginia in prehistoric times. Click here for more........


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AVAILABILITY DATES:  The OBSN is not taking requests for November 2014 due to scheduled events for Native American Month. After November 2014 requests can be submitted for February 2015. 

December 2014 & January 2015 the tribal grounds are unavailable for event requests. 





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 Tribal Members and Council

at the 


October 18th, 2014


Tribal Council Meeting

11/13/14 - Thursday


Tribal  Grounds 

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4902 Daily Store Rd.

Burlington, NC 27217 


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Upcoming Pow Wows 

22nd Annual Waccamaw

Arts Festival and Pauwau

Nov. 1st & 2nd, 2014 

Location: Tribal Grounds

591 Bluewater Road 

Aynor, SC 

Contact Info:  

Cheryl Sievers

Phone:  843-358-6577




Meherrin-Chowanoke Pow-Wow  

Oct. 24, 25 & 26th, 2014

Location:  Ahoskie Amphitheater,

Ahoskie, NC 

Contact Info:  Lisa Lewis-Joell

Phone:  252-301-6081

Email:  meherrinchowanokepowwow@gmail.com

Website: www.meherrin-chowanoke.com