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  • Coharie Tribe, Sampson County, NC. Area: 10 acres. Tribal entrollment: 1345. W. Gene Faircloth, Tribal Chief.  Elizabeth Maynor, Executive Director. Coharie Intra-Tribal Council, 7531 US Highway 421 North, Clinton, NC 20328, phone: (910) 564-6909, fax: (910) 564-6909. The Coharie descend from the Neusiok Indians. They moved to their present location sometime between 1729 and 1746, and have lived continuously as an Indian tribe since then. The Coharie community consists of four settlements: Holly Grove, New Bethel, Shiloh and Antioch. The state of North Carolina has recognized the tribe since 1971.

  • Haliwa-Saponi Tribe, Halifax and Warren counties, NC. Area: 39 acres. Tribal enrollment: 3005. Barry Richardson, Executive Director. Haliwa-Saponi Tribe, PO Box 99, Hollister, NC 27844, phone: (919) 586-4017, fax: (919) 586-3918. North Carolina recogized the Haliwa Indian Tribe on April 15, 1965. The name "Saponi," meaning "red earth people," was added in 1979 to better reflect tribal culture; the word "Haliwa" is just a contraction of "Halifax" and "Warren" counties. Tribal members are descended from one or more of these tribes: Saponi, Nansemond, Tuscarora, Occaneechi, Tutelo, and Gingaskin. Haliwa families were living in the area as early as 1780.

  • Lumbee Tribe, Robeson County, NC. Area: 70 acres. Tribal enrollment: over 47,000. James Hardin, Executive Director. Lumbee Tribe, PO Box 68, Pembroke, NC 28372, phone: (910) 521-8602, fax: (910) 524-8625. The Lumbee ancestors were mainly Cheraw and related Siouan-speaking Indians who have lived in what is now Robeson County since the 18th century. The Lumbee people were recognized by North Carolina in 1885, and have been seeking federal recognition since 1888. Over 12 bills have been introduced to recognize the tribe. In 1956, a bill was passed by the US Congress which recognized the Lumbee as Indian, but denied the tribe full status as a federally recognized Indian Tribe and did not entitle them to BIA services as provided to other federally recognized tribes. The Lumbee have also been called the Croatan of Robeson County, the Indians of Robeson County, and the Cherokee Indians of Robeson County. The Lumbee Tribe is the largest tribe in the state, the largest east of the Mississippi River, and the ninth largest in the nation. The tribe takes its name from the Lumber River.

  • Meherrin Indian Tribe, Hertford County, NC. Area: 1.5 acres. Tribal enrollment: 557. David Cepil, Executive Director. Meherrin Indian Tribe, PO Box 508, Winton, NC 27910, phone: (919) 358-4375, fax: (919) 358-1472. Originally from Virginia, encroachment by colonists forced the Meherrin south into North Carolina. In 1726, North Carolina established a reservation for the Meherrin Tribe at the mouth of the Meherrin River, now called Parker's Ferry. Eventually, the tribe left the reservation and moved into the less desirable areas of Hertford County. Disbanding as an organized tribe, members became individual land owners and concealed their identities to survive the racist climate. A local minister, Rev. Rueben R. Lewis, helped the Meherrin to reorganize in 1975, and to incorporate in 1977 as non-profit organization. In 1986, the tribe was granted formal recognition by NC, and is working toward federal recognition. Most Meherrins live within 30 miles of the former reservation. Meherrin means "people of the muddy waters."

  • Occaneechi-Saponi Nation, Alamance and Orange counties, NC. Occaneechi of the Saponi Nation, Inc., 201 East Center St., Mebane, NC 27302-0356, phone: (919) 304-3723. The Occaneechi-Saponi people now live near Hillsborough, NC along the Eno River. Formally organized in 1984 as the Eno-Occaneechi Indian Association, Inc., the group renamed itself in February 1995. The Occaneechi-Saponi people eagerly await recognition from North Carolina.

  • Waccamauw Siouan Tribe, Columbus and Bladen counties, NC. Area: 5 acres. Tribal enrollment: 1840. Michael Lewis, Chairperson. Waccamauw Siouan Tribe, PO Box 221, Bolton, NC 28423, phone: (910) 655-8778, fax: (910) 655-8778. The Waccamaw Siouan call themselves the "People of the Fallen Star," recalling an old legend which tells of a ball of fire falling to earth and creating Lake Waccamaw. The tribe was recognized by North Carolina in 1971.

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