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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News & Events 




OBSN Fall Festival

Oct. 3rd - 2015 - Saturday


Because of the continuous and heavy rains; and the forecast of more rain on Saturday - the tribal grounds are saturated. We do not have a rain date but we greatly appreciate your support and if we are able to reschedule we will post the information soon.

Preparations you should make
• Prepare for a power outage: keep your cell phone charged and be sure to have a flashlight with fresh batteries.
What you should do in case of severe weather
• Stay inside and away from windows. Falling limbs and downed trees are likely.
• Do not drive. Flooding may cause dangerous conditions. If you are on the road, do not drive into standing water on the roadway and reduce speed to avoid hydroplaning. 
• Watch the weather alerts and local news station for activities planned for the next few days, as these events may have been cancelled.

Many thanks and be safe.

OBSN Tribal Council & Staff 


OBSN Fall Festival

Oct. 3rd - 2015 - Saturday 






Tribal Council Meeting

Tribal Council Meeting  

Oct. 8th, 2015 - Thursday

Next meeting  


Tribal Grounds 

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4902 Daily Store Rd.

Burlington, NC 

Join the Occaneechi Wisdom Circle (Nejiwa Walikas) 

for the first of our new educational series, 

Part I: Our History

Come and learn about Our History 

with the

Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation

 Wisdom Circle (Nejiwa Walikas) 

Saturday October 17, 2015

11:00am -1:30pm 

The Downtown Center for Community Engagement 

217 East Davis Street, Burlington NC

Workshops are free and open to all Occaneechi people.

Please RSVP to Vivette Jeffries-Logan at biwaconsulting@gmail.com