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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Events, Community  &

Notable News


Occaneechi Band of Saponi Nation's 

29th Annual

Pow Wow


June 7th, 2014 


Celebrating "The Three Sisters"

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Host Hotel: Hampton Inn, Mebane, NC



Email obsntribe@gmail.com for promotion code for discounted rate.  

Rain date:  June 8th, Sunday 2014



Tribal Council Meeting

5/8/14 - Thursday

Tribal  Grounds 

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CONTINUED REQUEST FOR HELP! Last Saturday was a great day of getting projects done. We must thank everyone for their support. This Saturday 4/19/14, OBSN will be working at the Tribal Grounds on various tasks to get the grounds and village ready, we are really making progress. The Occaneechi Tribe is having a great time working with everyone as we get ready for the 2014 Pow Wow. The sense of community support has been incredible and invaluable. We have a sense of urgency as the Pow Wow is only 9 weeks away, so if you have time to come on out, even if it is just for a short amount of time - many hands make for a light workload. Printable directions at www.obsn.org or GPS address: 4902 Daily Store Road - Burlington, NC 27217. (It is a Burlington address but we are outside of the Mebane City limits) 

Service note: The OBSN are a 501 3C Non Profit Organization and any hours worked can be documented as service hours. We will provide a written record if needed for your organization, school, etc. Thank you for your support. OBSN Tribal Council, Pow Wow Committee and Staff

 49th Annual Haliwa-Saponi

Pow Wow

Date: April 18-20th, 2014

Friday: 6-11 pm; Saturday 10 am-9 pm; and Sunday 12 noon - 6 pm.

Location:  130 Haliwa Saponi Trail
     Hollister, NC

Contact:  (252) 586-4017




Pow Wow Planning Meeting

4/20/14 - Sunday


Tribal Grounds

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ATTN: Tribal Members - Seed & Plant Give-Away coming up soon! (See photos below from last year) Around May 1st we will be giving away tomatoes plants, cucumbers, seeds and beans. More details to follow.