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

Powwows 

MEETINGS 

 Community 

Events 

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from the 

30th Annual

OBSN

Powwow

 

Beautiful images of the 30th Annual Occaneechi Powwow captured by Sam Roberts of the Burlington Times News.

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OBSN

Tribal Council Meeting

Next Tribal Council Meeting will be July 9th, 2015 - Thursday. 

6:30pm

Tribal Grounds 

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4902 Daily Store Rd.

Burlington, NC 272

 

 

 

Sad news to share.....Our condolences go out to the Monacan Nation for the loss of their Tribal Chief, Sharon Bryant. Our prayers of strength and comfort to her family, friends and the Monacan Tribal Community. Peace to Chief Bryant as she journeys on to her resting place.

 

Deepest Sympathies. 

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With heavy hearts and great sadness we offer prayers to the families in Charleston, SC for this unspeakable tragedy. The loss is deep and far reaching but the legacy of these amazing individuals will carry on and always be in the hearts of their families and their community....now the nation. Peace to these ones as they take their final rest. Prayers of strength and comfort to the families, friends & communities.

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