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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OBSN BULLETIN BOARD
Pow Wows, Festivals & EventsMEETINGS 

 Community  &

Notable News

 

OBSN FALL FESTIVAL

October 18th, 2014

OBSN Tribal Grounds 

4902 Dailey Store Road Burlington, NC 27217 

10:00-5:00PM
No charge at the gate
Everyone is welcome!

-Bow and arrow/blow gun/atlatl (these are learn how activities) 
-Learn how to make a dreamcatcher/drum (learn how) 
-Animal skin presentation 
-Artificats on display 
-Corn Grinding 
-Storytelling 
-OBSN History shown on video

Hot dog, chips, dessert and drink on sale for $5.00. 

 OBSN

Tribal Council Meeting

10/9/14 - Thursday

6:30pm

Tribal  Grounds 

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4902 Daily Store Rd.

Burlington, NC 27217 

 

GARDEN PHOTO CONTEST! SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES SOON!
Any Tribal member that received a Garden Starter Kit is asked to submit a photograph (cell phone or digital camera) of their Garden veggie(s) to the obsntribe@gmail.com to enter the contest. We will have winners in the youth, adult, and elder category. Each participant will also have their photo posted on our website and facebook pages. DEADLINE DATE: Oct. 4th - Saturday! Email your photos to OBSNTRIBE@gmail.com by 5:00pm that day. Prizes (utility buckets filled with garden tools-pictured below) awarded at the OBSN FALL FESTIVAL. We want to see those vibrant veggies and award our OBSN growers for their efforts. We will look forward to receiving your pix soon! OBSN Tribal Council - Bilahuk!

 

26th Annual Meherrin Nation

Powwow & Car Show

Oct. 3-5, 2014 

852 NC Hwy. 11 

Ahoskie, NC 27910

Contact Info:  

meherrinpowwow@gmail.com  

OBSN YOUTH MEET & GREET

 Come and meet with the members ofthe Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation Youth Group

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2014
3:30-4:30 PM

Occaneechi-Saponi Tribal Grounds
4902 Dailey Road (off Hwy 119)
Mebane, North Carolina

This meeting will be the kick-off for a new youth group and new year. Come
and give your input on what you would like to do as a group of Occaneechi-
Saponi youth making a difference in our community. To be able to 
participate you need to be enrolled tribal member or eligible to be enrolled. 

Come and hang out for an hour to get to know one another better with 
games and of course food! If you have any questions or want to know how 
to enroll, please contact Wanda Whitmore-Penner, Youth Coordinator at 
910-624-1015 or osaponi@gmail.com.

TRIBAL MEMBERS VOLUNTEERS (AGES 18+) ARE NEEDED AND APPRECIATED!