Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe
About Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe
The mission of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe is to:
- Protect the interests, identity, and rights of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian people, promote the cultural and traditional heritage of the Haliwa-Saponi people of Halifax, Warren, and surrounding counties;
- Promote the advancement of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian people by securing educational, health, economic development, housing, cultural, and social programs;
- Promote, maintain, and foster good public relations with local, state, federal, and other tribal governments and business;
- Promote good will, peace, and harmony within the tribal community and other Indian tribes; and
- Serve as a forum through which concerns and issues of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian people may be addressed.
Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe HNNC Supported Initiatives
Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe has developed and coordinates a variety of activities aiming to promote healthy eating and active living within our tribal community:
- Move More/Healthy Eating Volunteer Leadership Meetings: The Tribe is working to develop and maintain a volunteer leadership group to garner ongoing feedback about the Tribe’s healthy eating and active living initiatives and to utilize these meetings to build collaborative endeavors across our various health and economic development projects.
- Farmers’ Market: The Tribe has created and maintains a farmers’ market that we operate from May to October each year. The market provides our community access to local, fresh fruits and vegetables and improves local community and economic development for our local farmers. The Tribe has also fostered our area artists and crafters to feature their projects at the arts and farmers’ market. The Tribe utilizes a Facebook page and calendar, among other approaches, to promote the farmers’ market. The market now accepts NC Senior Nutrition and WIC Farmers Market Vouchers.
- Community Garden: The Tribe has developed and maintained a community garden and continues to invest in the infrastructure to enhance the garden by creating raised beds and walking foot paths.
- Hands-On Educational Gardens: The Tribe continues to support the development and maintenance of school gardens at its tribal school and surrounding schools.
- The Corn Fall Festival: The Tribe has developed its first Corn Fall Festival in November 2012 and plans to offer this annual festival to celebrate local harvests of local farmers’ and promote its traditional food projects.
- Fruit Stand at the Annual Pow Wow: The Tribe initiated fruit cup sales in 2012 and plans to continue its tradition of increasing assess to fresh fruits at their annual Pow Wow. The Tribe is considering enacting a tribal resolution indicating its commitment to ensure healthier choices at their annual Pow Wow.
Other Healthy Happenings in Hollister
- Walking Trail: With the support of Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation, the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe built a walking trail through their tribal grounds.
Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe HNNC Partners & Collaborators
- North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs
- American Indian Center and Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
- Karen Lynch Harley
- Charles Alvin Evans
- People in the community that buy fruit from the farmers’ market
- People who volunteered and attended the Corn Festival
- Staff members involved in our health projects
- North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Senior Nutrition Program
- North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Women, Infant and Children (WIC)
- Voucher System for Farmers’ Market
- Halifax County Extension Services
- Healthy Beginnings
- Rural Health Group at WIC
- North Carolina Indian Economic Development Initiative
- North Carolina Arts Council
- Carolina Campus Community Garden at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
- Tony V. Locklear, Executive Director of Native American Interfaith Ministries (aka The Healing Lodge)
Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe Contact Information
Karen Lynch Harley
Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe
PO Box 99
Hollister, NC 27844