The Coharie Indians
7531 N U.S. Hwy 421
Clinton, NC 28328
Phone: 910-564-6909
Fax: 910-564-2701
The Coharie Indian Tribe is located in the State of North Carolina
in the counties of Harnett and Sampson.  They descend from the
aboriginal tribe of the Neusiok Indians. Historical movements,
initiated by inter-tribal conflicts as well as White/Indian colonial
hostilities, caused the Coharies to move to their present location
between 1729 and 1746.  
Since then, they have lived continuously as an Indian Tribe. The
contemporary Coharie community consists of four settlements
(identified by the communities' Indian Church): Holly Grove, New
Bethel, Shiloh, and Antioch.)  The churches are the center of the
Coharie Peoples' activities.  It is through the churches that
families interact, the elders are honored, and the social rules
enforced.  The Coharies’ sense of themselves is manifested
most clearly through their religious activities. The Coharie Indian
Tribe has been recognized by the state of North Carolina since
1971. The Coharie Intra-Tribal Council,

Eastern Band of Cherokee  (Tsalagiyi  
PO Box 455
Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone: 828-497-2771
Fax: 828-497-7007
The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians is the only federally
recognized tribe in the state of North Carolina. They are located in
the western part of the state, directly adjacent to the Great
Smokey Mountain National Park.
The  EBCI is governed by a Principal Chief, a Vice-Chief, and  
twelve Tribal Council Members. Most tribal members live on the
Qualla  Boundary  and five service county areas.
The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians are the descendants
of the Cherokee who, in the late 1830’s, remained in their
homeland of western NC, rather than being forced to follow the
“Trail of Tears” to Oklahoma.
The descendants of those who were removed in the nineteenth
century hold citizenship in The Cherokee  Nation  ( http://www. ) of Oklahoma.  Inc. currently governs the tribe.  It
consists of a seven member Tribal Council
Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe
Mailing Address:
PO Box 99
Hollister, NC 27844

Physical Address:
39021 N.C. Hwy 561
Hollister, NC 27844
Phone: 252-586-4017
Fax: 252-586-3918
The Haliwa-Saponi Tribe consists of 3,800 enrolled tribal
members and approximately 2,700 (73%) live in a very tight-knit
tribal community on the Warren and Halifax County border in
northeastern North Carolina. Over 1,898 tribal members reside in
Halifax County (Brinkleyville Township), while over 887 live in
Warren County (Fishing Creek Township). Others live in the
adjoining counties of Nash and Franklin, and maintain strong ties
to tribal members and family. Approximately 2500 people live in
their immediate service area (Fishing Creek Township and
Brinkleyville Township) and at least 5,000 people live within a
ten-mile radius of our organization headquarters. The community
is located 25 miles from the nearest major town (Louisburg,
Roanoke Rapids and Rocky Mount are all approximately 25-40
miles from our community).

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
Mailing Address:
PO Box 2709
Pembroke, NC 28372

Physical Address:
6984 NC Hwy 711 West
Pembroke, NC 28372
Phone: 910-521-7861
Fax: 910-521-7790
Fax-Adm: 910-521-2278
The 55,000 members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
reside primarily in Robeson, Hoke, Cumberland, and Scotland
counties. The Lumbee Tribe is the largest tribe in North Carolina,
the largest tribe east of the Mississippi River and the ninth largest
in the nation. The Lumbee take their name from the Lumbee
River which winds its way through Robeson County. Pembroke,
North Carolina is the economic, cultural and political center of the
The ancestors of the Lumbee were mainly Cheraw and related
Siouan-speaking Indians who have lived in the area of what is
now Robeson County since the 1700s. The Lumbee people have
been recognized by the state of North Carolina since 1885, and at
the same time established a separate school system that would
benefit tribal members. In 1887, the state established the
Croatan Normal Indian School, which is today The University of
North Carolina at Pembroke. In 1956 a bill was passed by the
United States Congress which recognized the Lumbee as Indian,
but denied the tribe full status as a federally recognized Indian
tribe. Federal recognition for the tribe is currently being sought
through federal legislation
Meherrin Indian Tribe
PO Box 508
Winton, NC 2798
Phone: 252-398-3321
Fax: 252-396-0334
The Meherrin Indians reside in a number of small communities in
Hereford, Bertie, Gates, and North Hampton counties. They are the only
Native Americans in the state who near their original reservation. The
Treaty of 1726 granted the Meherrins reservation lands at the mouth of the
Meherrin River, known today as Parkers Ferry near Winton. Although the
Meherrins did not retain their reservation, they still live within a ten-to-
fifteen mile radius of the former reservation.
The Meherrin Indians are of the same linguistic stock as the Cherokee,
Tuscarora, and other tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy of New York and
Canada. In their own language, the tribal name “Meherrin” means “people
of the muddy water.”
The Meherrin Indian Tribe was reorganized in 1977 and is governed by a
seven-member Tribal Council and Chief. Both are elected by enrolled

Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation
PO Box 356
Mebane, NC 27302
Phone: 336-227-4594
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.
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, including the Occaneechi and Tutelo.
The OBSN, located primarily in Alamance and Orange counties is the
smallest of the North Carolina tribes. The tribe received state recognition
in February, 2002

Sappony  (Indians of Person County)
4218 Virgilina Rd Virgilina, VA 24598
PO Box 3265
Roxboro, NC 27574
Phone: 434-585-3352
The Sappony tribe straddles the border of North Carolina and Virginia in
Person County, NC and Halifax County, VA. They have lived in the same
area, known as the High Plains Indian Community for over 250 years.
North Carolina recognized the tribe as The Indians of Person County in
The Sappony have about 850 enrolled members who all descend from
the seven main families or clans. One person from each of the seven
families serves as a representative on the Tribal Council. The seven
feathers found on the tribal insignia represent the seven families of the
An elected Tribal Chair and Tribal Chief lead the Council and an executive
director carries out the directives and goals of the Council along with the
Tribal treasurer and secretary.

Waccamaw Siouan Tribe
Mailing Address:
PO Box 69
Bolton, NC 28423

Physical Address:
7275 Old Lake Rd
Bolton, NC 28423
Phone: 910-655-8778
Fax: 910-655-8779
Located predominantly in the southeastern North Carolina counties of
Bladen and Columbus, in the communities of St. James, Buckhead, and
Council, the Waccamaw Siouan tribal homeland is situated on the edge
of Green Swamp about 37 miles from Wilmington, North Carolina, seven
miles from Lake Waccamaw, and four miles north of Bolton, North
According to the Waccamaw Siouan Indians, thousands of years ago, an
immense meteor appeared in the night sky toward the southwest.
Flaming to a brilliance of innumerable suns as it hurtled earthward, the
meteor finally struck, burning itself deep within the earth. The waters of the
surrounding swamps and rivers flowed into the crater and cooled it,
creating Lake Waccamaw, a gem blue, verdant green lake.They are the
“People of the Falling Star.”

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