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........
2014 Pow Wow Pictures - coming soon!
Events, Community &
11th Annual Roanoke Island American Indian
Cultural Festival and Powwow
AUGUST 9th, 2014
11am - 5:00pm
GRAND ENTRY 12:00pm
Contact person: Marilyn Berry Morrison
Tribal Council Meeting
8/14/14 - Thursday
4902 Daily Store Rd.
Burlington, NC 27217
OBSN Powwow Flapjack Applebees Fundraiser
August 2nd, 2014 - Saturday
Location: Applebee's 3103 Garden Rd. Burlington, NC 27215
$7.00 will get you Flapjacks, sausage, coffee, juice or milk. Please contact us at email@example.com or call 336-421-1317 to get tickets.
Thank you, OBSN Powwow Committee
2nd Annual Dark Mountain Native American Gathering
Date/Time: August 8 - 10, 2014
10:00 am-10:00 pm
Contact: Joy Bloxham
MC: Danny Two Eagles
The Occaneechi Tribe will be the proud keepers of the Spirit Stick for a year which is presented to the tribe with the most representation.
Congrats to everyone that participated in this great event!
GARDEN STARTER KITS
Garden Photo Contest DON'T FORGET TO SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS
Any Tribal member that received a Garden Starter Kit is asked to submit a photograph (cell phone or digital camera) of their tomatoes, beans, squash & cucumbers to enter the OBSN Garden Photo contest. We will have winners in the youth, adult and senior catergories. Participants will also have their photo posted on our website and facebook pages.
Best photo will be awarded a supply of Garden tools along with a very nice utility pail.
Send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OBSN Tribal Council