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Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe has 4,300 members living primarily in Halifax, Warren, Nash and Franklin Counties.  They are descendants of the Tuscarora, Tutelo-Saponi and Nansemond people.   They are a Siouan-speaking tribe that first met Virginia traders along the Roanoke River in southern Virginia around 1670. The Haliwa-Saponi Tribal community began coalescing in “The Meadows” of southwestern Halifax County immediately after the American Revolution.  Up through the 1900s they fought against incursions from other tribes including the Iroquois Five Nations now based in New York state.  

In 1965, the state of North Carolina formally recognized the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe.  The Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe hosts the oldest and largest powwow in North Carolina every April. To learn about tribal news visit the Haliwa-Saponi on Facebook.

Learn More about the Haliwa-Saponi

North Carolina Heritage Award winner Senora Lynch describes the family tradition of regalia (ceremonial clothes) making here.

Learn about the significance of the powwow in a video featuring Marty Richardson, Director of Planning and Development for the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe, and North Carolina Heritage Award winner Senora Lynch.