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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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



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Rain date:  June 8th, Sunday 2014



Tribal Council Meeting

5/8/14 - Thursday

Tribal  Grounds 

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 Dear Tribal Community and OBSN Friends, 

It is with great sadness we post this message. Eddie Watkins (43), newly elected OBSN Tribal Council Member has passed away 4/18/14 - Friday afternoon. Eddie is the son of Margie and Brice Watkins (Sr.) . 

Recently, Eddie was involved in the Village & Tribal Grounds Restoration and yard maintenance projects, working along side John Blackfeather and the many dedicated volunteers that would come out and help on our "volunteer" Saturdays. When Eddie wasn't hunting and fishing (the activities he loved the most) you could find him at the tribal grounds hard at work. 

Please keep the Watkins family in your prayers at this difficult time. 

Arrangement information pending, will share once confirmed. 

Deeply saddened - OBSN Tribal Council & Staff

Dance of the Spring Moon Lumbee Pow Wow

Date: May 2nd - 4th, 2014

Grand Entries:

Grand Entries: Friday 7 pm.; Sat. 12 & 7 pm & Sunday 1 pm

Location:  Pavilion Farmers Market: Hwy 74 East, Exit 13A, Lumberton, NC

Contact:  (910) 521-7861




Pow Wow Planning Meeting

5/1/14 - 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.