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........
News & Events
OBSN Fall Fesitival Oct. 3rd - 2015 - Saturday
Sept 11th 6 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Sept 12th 9 a.m.-12 a.m.
Tribal Council Meeting
Next Tribal Council Meeting will be August 13th, 2015 - Thursday.
4902 Daily Store Rd.
Burlington, NC 272
It is with tremendous sadness that we post this information. Tribal member Scotty Watkins, passed away July 27th, 2015. Deepest sympathy to the Watkins family. Our prayers of comfort, love and support are with you all. Peace to Scotty as he crosses over to his resting place.
OBSN Tribal Council & Staff