In August of 1732, after returning from their sojourn in the Catawba Nation, Nottoway and Six Nations Iroquois warriors attacked the Saponi fort and village on the newly allotted lands on border of the Mecklenburg and Brunswick Counties Virginia. The Brodie Martin Schooling Case The Person County Indian Connection On August 3, 1946, the matter of the right of the Martin children to attend the local White school arose again. New evidence came to light on the race of Lettie Epps Martin. The School Board planned a visit to Person County to investigate the evidence. Soon afterwards on August 9th, the Guilford County Board of Education met and heard a letter written to them from the State Attorney General regarding the Martin case. The complexities of North Carolina Indian legislation were discussed, but no answer to the case was given. The Board of Education reported their findings from the Person County visit. They confirmed the Board’s earlier finding of fact of descent from Person County Indians. The Martin children were then allowed to attend the local White schools as Indians. Check out more OBSN history in the current newsletter.

A Brief History

The Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation—OBSN for short—is a small Indian community located primarily in the old settlement of Little Texas…

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OBSN Mission Statement

VISION STATEMENT: Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation will be a unified and self-reliant tribe…

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Historical Timeline

Prior to 1676, we know the Occaneechi, Saponi, and Tutelo lived on an island in Roanoke River near Clarksville, Virginia, on the Great Trading Path.

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Occaneechi Homeland Preservation Project: Bringing the Past and Future Together 

About the
Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation

In August 2002, the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation embarked on an ambitious project; to begin buying back a portion of its ancestral lands in the “Little Texas” Community of NE Alamance County, North Carolina. This was called the Occaneechi Homeland Preservation Project.

For the first time in over 250 years, the Occaneechi own land again as a Tribe, to be used for economic development for the tribal community, as well as for tribal administrative offices.

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Tribal Documents

View instructions and download tribal documents like the Tribal Application, Donation Forms, and the OBSN Request Form.

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Meet Our 

OBSN Executive Council

OBSN Bulletin Board


OBSN TRIBAL RENOVATIONS! The OBSN recently received funds from the Healthy Native North Carolinian – American Indian Healthy Eating grant program. http://americanindianhealthyeating.unc.edu/healthy-native-…/ This grant will be utilized to expand our tribal office which will include a kitchen that will be used for healthy eating demonstrations. Renovations are underway (enjoy photos) and we will keep you posted on a dedication that will feature a special blessing from our tribal elders.
This is before the renovations began.
This is before the renovations began.
Inside view of the expansion
Inside view of the expansion
Outside view of expansion
Outside view of expansion

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OBSN Tribal Council Meetings

Next Tribal Council Meeting

 September 8th, 2016 – Thursday at 6:30pm

Location: Will be announced depending on  the progress of the renovations.             

Next Wisdom Circle Meeting

   Will be announced after office renovations are completed.

Thank you for your patience.             

2016 OBSN Tribal Council Meeting Schedule

Tribal Council Meetings   – 2nd Thursday of the Month – 6:30pm

Location: 4902 Daily Store Road – Burlington, NC  27217

(Unless otherwise posted)

√January 14th, 2016

√February 11th, 2016 (Cancelled)

√March 10th, 2016

June (No Tribal Council Meeting)

√July 14th, 2016

√August 11th, 2016

September 8th, 2016

October 13th, 2016

November 10th, 2016

December (No Meeting – Enjoy the Holidays)

  • Welcome Extravaganza for the Carolina American IndianCommunity & Friends!

    2016 Welcome Extravaganza for the Carolina American Indian Community & Friends

    WHEN: Thursday, August 25th from 4:00-6:00PM

    WHERE: Side lawn of the American Indian Center (Abernethy Hall at the corner of Columbia & Cameron St.)

    Join us for BBQ, live music by Lakota John & Kin, and information about American Indian student organizations, American Indian & Indigenous Studies, the American Indian Center, and other campus partners! The American Indian Center will host the Welcome Extravaganza for the CarolinaAmerican Indian Community and Friends as a way for students, faculty, staff, and community members to network and learn more about Native life at UNC! Students’ families are welcome to attend. Rain or Shine! In the case of rain, the event will be held at the American Indian Center, inside Abernethy Hall.

    We do not have parking available at the AIC.

    For more information about public parking click here: http://www.parkonthehill.com/











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