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


Open Air Indian Art Market 

AUGUST 30th, 2014 


9am - 4:00pm 

Contact person:  Vicki Cruz


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Tribal Council Meeting

9/11/14 - Thursday


Tribal  Grounds 

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4902 Daily Store Rd.

Burlington, NC 27217 




We are so grateful for all the wonderful support of our tribal family, friends and the community. There is work still to be done and here are a few areas of need: General Fund (operations, supplies, etc.), Landscaping-Grounds Maintenance, Village Restoration and Pow Wow (2015). When making your donations please indicate to which Fund you want your contributions directed.


Three Ways to Donate

1) Mail your checks to: OBSN - P.O. Box 356 - Mebane, NC 27302

2) Please go to www.obsn.org and click on the "Donate" button to make an online donation via PayPal.

3) By Phone - Email Vickie Jeffries, Tribal Treasurer at VickieJeffries@yahoo.com and arrange a time for a phone call and a donation can be made over the phone using your debit or credit card.


Please donate today - you can donate $120.00 for the whole year or donate $10.00 per month. Whatever fits your budget.


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