NC Tribal Communities

Coharie Tribe 

Coharie TribeHeadquartered in Clinton, the Coharie Indian Tribe descends from the aboriginal Neusiok Indian Tribe on the Coharie River in Harnett and Sampson counties. The community consists of four settlements: Holly Grove, New Bethel, Shiloh and Antioch.

The Coharie have approximately 2,700 members with about 20 percent residing outside the tribal communities. Early records indicate the tribe sought refuge from hostilities from both English colonists and Native peoples, moving to this area between 1729 and 1746 from the northern and northeastern part of the state.

Greg Jacobs, Executive Director
JaNella Williams, Tribal Enrollment Officer
Ammie Gordon "Gordie", Chief
7531 N U.S. Hwy 421, Clinton, NC 28328
Phone: 910-564-6909     Fax: 910-564-2701

Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation

Eastern Band of CherokeeThe Cherokee people believe the Creator brought them to their home in the Mountains of western North Carolina. Their first village site is the Kituwah Mound in Swain County. It was there that the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians formed a government to oppose the removal of the Cherokee Nation from the east, known as the Trail of Tears. Members of the Eastern Band remained in North Carolina after their kinsmen were forced west to Oklahoma.

Today, the only federally-recognized tribe makes their home on the 56,000-acre Qualla Boundary, adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are more than 16,000 enrolled members with over 60 percent living on the Boundary. The Qualla Boundary includes the town of Cherokee, as well as several other communities. Cherokee is home to Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, one of Cherokee's largest employers.

Richard G. Sneed, Principal Chief
Alan B. Ensley, Vice Chief
Richard French, Chairman
Albert Rose, Vice Chairman
Ashleigh Stephens, Chief of Staff | Phone: 828-359-7029
PO Box 1927, Cherokee, NC 28719
Phone: 828-359-7000     Fax: 828-497-7000

Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe

Haliwa-Saponi Indian TribeThe Haliwa-Saponi tribal members are direct descendents of the Saponi, Tuscarora, Tutelo and Nansemond Indians.

At 3,800 members, the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe is the third-largest tribe in the state. The tribe resides primarily in the area traditionally known by the elders as "The Meadows," which encompasses most of the southwestern part of rural Halifax County and the southeastern part of rural Warren County. Tribal members also reside in the adjoining counties of Nash and Franklin.

The Haliwa-Saponi Powwow is the oldest powwow in the state, typically held in April.

Jamie Oxendine, Tribal Administrator
Tosha Silver, Enrollment Clerk
Dr. Ogletree Richardson, Chief 
Gideon Lee, Chairman
Physical: 39021 N.C. Hwy 561, Hollister, NC 27844
Mailing: PO Box 99, Hollister, NC 27844
Phone: 252-586-4017     Fax: 252-586-3918

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

Lumbee Tribe of North CarolinaThe 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 Lumber River originally known as the Lumbee, which winds its way through Robeson County. The more than 55,000 members of the Lumbee Tribe reside primarily in Robeson, Hoke, Cumberland and Scotland counties. Pembroke is the economic, cultural and political center of the tribe.

The ancestors of the Lumbee were mainly Cheraw and related Siouan-speaking Indians who were first observed in 1724 on the Drowning Creek (Lumbee River) in present-day Robeson County. In 1887, the state established the Croatan Normal Indian School, which is today the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. A variety of enterprises including an industrial park, farming, small businesses and the University contribute to the economy.

Executive Director/ Administrator Address Telephone/Fax/Email Chief/ Chair

Tammy Maynor, Administrator

Camera Brewer, Admin. Assist. to Chairman

Reena Locklear, Enrollment Director

Mailing Address:
PO Box 2709
Pembroke, NC 28372

Physical Address:
6984 NC Hwy 711 West
Pembroke, NC 28372

Phone: 910-522-2221



Phone: 910-522-2190

Main: 910-521-7861
Fax: 910-521-7790
Fax-Adm: 910-521-2278

Phone: 910-522-5474


Mr. John Lowery, Tribal Chairman


Meherrin Indian Tribe

Meherrin Indian TribeMeherrin refer to themselves as Kauwets' aka, "People of the Water." They share language, traditions and culture with the Nottoway and other Haudenosaunee Nations. In 1677, all Nations in Virginia signed the Middle Plantation Treaty. However, Meherrin Chief Ununtequero and Next Chief Horehannah were the last two to sign the Treaty in 1680. Shortly thereafter, the Meherrin Nation left their ancient villages of Cowinchahawkron and Unote and eventually moved into present day Como, NC. The last known village, "Old Town Maharinneck," was on Meherrin Creek known today as Potecasi Creek, is within walking distance of the present day Meherrin Tribal grounds where the annual pow-wows are held. The Meherrin are the only non-reservation Indians in NC who still live on their original Reservation lands.

Vacant, Tribal Administrator
Jonathan Caudill, Jr., Chief
PO Box 274, Ahoskie, NC 27910
Phone: 252-904-1517


Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation

Occaneechi Band of Saponi NationThe Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation is located in Alamance, Caswell and Orange counties, with Tribal Grounds located in the Little Texas Community. At 1100+ members, the Occaneechi are the smallest of the officially state-recognized tribes, but its members are active in their community and in statewide Indian events.

The Occaneechi descend from several small Siouan speaking tribes who were living in the Piedmont of North Carolina and Virginia when the first European explorers arrived in the 1600s

Executive Director/ Administrator Address Telephone/Fax/Email Chief/ Chair
Ms. Vickie Jeffries, Tribal Administrator

PO Box 356
Mebane, NC 27302

Phone: 336-421-1317

Phone: 919-304-3723


Mr. W.A. "Tony" Hayes, Tribal Chair



SapponyThe Sappony have made the Piedmont Highlands their home for countless generations.

Today, the tribe's 850 members comprise seven core families, or clans, and live along the border of North Carolina and Virginia known as the High Plains. In the early 1700s, when the Sappony children were attending school at Fort Christanna and the tribe was guarding the frontier for the colonies, they were also helping to mark the North Carolina-Virginia border. As a result, part of High Plains is located in Person County, N.C., and part is located in Halifax County, Va.

The tribe is actively pursing initiatives in the areas of economic development, education and cultural preservation.

Executive Director/ Administrator Address Telephone/Fax/Email Chief/ Chair
Mr. Dante Desiderio,
Executive Director

4281 Virgilina Rd. Virgilina, VA 24598
PO Box 3265
Roxboro, NC 27574

Phone: 434-585-3352/ 202-631-2002



 Mr. Otis K. Martin,Chief

Mrs. Dorothy Yates, Tribal Chair



Waccamaw Siouan Tribe

Waccamaw Siouan TribeThe Waccamaw, historically known as the Waccamassus, were formerly located 100 miles northeast of Charleston, S.C. After the Waccamaw and South Carolina War in 1749, the Waccamaw sought refuge in the swamplands of North Carolina.

The present day Waccamaw Siouan Tribal Office is located in Columbus and Bladen counties. The community, consisting of more than 2,000 citizens, is situated on the edge of the Green Swamp about 37 miles west of Wilmington, seven miles east of Lake Waccamaw and four miles north of Bolton.

Executive Director/ Administrator Address Telephone/Fax/Email Chief/ Chair

Mrs. Brenda Moore,
Housing Coordinator

Leslie Jones, Tribal, Enrollment Specialist

Mailing Address:
PO Box 69
Bolton, NC 28423

Physical Address:
7275 Old Lake Rd
Bolton, NC 28423

Phone: 910-665-8778
Fax: 910-655-8779


Rev. Jacobs
Phone: 910-619-3967


Ms. Pamela Jacobs
Phone: 910-234-1294


Phone: 910-655-8778



Rev. Mike Jacobs, Chief

Ms. Pamela Young Jacobs, Chairperson

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