The Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe of North Carolina is led by a Tribal Council; comprised of eleven tribal members who have been elected by their peers. Members of the Tribal Council, as well as members of its committees, contribute a significant amount of their personal time and energy to look after the well being of the Haliwa-Saponi Community at Home and abroad.


Ronald Richardson

I am Rev. Ronald Richardson, the son of Maxzella and Daniel Richardson. I was born and raised in Philadelphia. I am married to Joyce L. Richardson and we have three children. I graduated from Eastman High School in the year 1976 then later went to Nash Tech Community College. I work as Pastor of the Essex Community Church. My hobbies include playing and teaching lead and bass guitar, drums, piano, playing sports and working with youth. "I see life as being great" I spend each day being thankful to God and others for everything that life brings. I enjoy teaching and preaching the bible. I have had the pleasure of serving as Chief of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe for about ten years. "It's just like God to give us more than we ask for"



Howard Earl Richardson
Vice Chief

I am Howard E. Richardson, the son of Prince and Maybelle Richardson. I was born and raised in Halifax County, North Carolina. I am married to Gwen Richardson and we have two children. I graduated from Northwest High School in the year 1982 then later went to Nash Technical Institute. I work as an Electronic Tech at Caledonia Correctional Institute. My hobbies include: fishing, beadwork, and Golfing. In closing, I'd like to encourage you to think about this "The decisions we make today determine the future we'll have tomorrow"


Rev. Michael Richardson


I am Michael Richardson, the son of the late Robert & Clarine Richardson. I was born and raised in Warren County, N. C. I am married to Velma Rene Richardson and together we have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. I graduated from John Graham High School in the year 1973. I am the Pastor of the Bunn Chapel Baptist Church. I have 21yrs of Pastoral experience. My hobbies include: carpentry, reading and volunteerism. Aside from this, I am a member of the Board of Directors for the Warren County Department of Social Services (WC DSS), I have over 30 years of Carpentry and Construction Superintendent experience. My Life Principle is "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"



Jeff Anstead

Vice Chairman


I am Jeff Anstead, the son of James and the late Lorine Anstead.  I was born and raised in Halifax County . I am divorced and have 3 children. I graduated from North West High School then later attended Nash Community College. I am employed with the Warren County School System . My hobbies include Tribal Government and time with family. I am a member of the Mt. Bethel Indian Baptist Church. Member of a National known Native American Drum Group-Red Wolf. I am a Eastern Woodland dancer. I'm the proud father of Brittany, Samantha and Zoey Anstead. I have served as a Substance Abuse Councilor and I have been serving on Council for the past 8 years .


Ladonna Richardson

I am Ladonna Evete Evans Richardson, the daughter of Stanley C. Evans and Dorothy M. Lynch. I was born and raised in Hollister, North Carolina. I have 2 children. I graduated from Northwest-Halifax High School in the year 1994. then later went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I work as a Dental Hygienst at Dr's Hoffman & Arthur. My hobbies include reading, painting, and writing. I am passionate about missions and I work with the children's missionary group at my chruch Mt. Bethel. I love working with kids and enjoy visiting them in the classroom. I volunteer for career days, health fairs and classroom visit teaching kids about dental health. I have been a dental hygenist for 17 years in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina . I love my work and enjoy helping others.



Willis Richardson

I am Willis N. Richardson, the son of the late James and Collie V. Richardson. I was born and raised in the Hollister Community. I am married to Wanda L. Richardson. We have been married for 38 years and we have two children. I graduated from John Graham High School in the year 1974. Later I took several trade classes at Nash Community College and Edgecombe Community College for Small Engines and Auto Body Repair. I work as a Project Manager and Auto Cad designer at South East Fabricator, Inc. My hobbies are restoring and driving old cars. I am a member of the Twin County Cruisers where I serve as President. I have four grandchildren that I love very much: Jayla Davis 10 years old, Noah Davis 9 years old, Kaylee Lynch 6 years old, and last but not least Christopher Lynch 2 years old.



 Joseph Reginald Lynch, Sr.
Council Member

I am Joseph Reginald Lynch, Sr.,  better known as "Reggie".   My parents are Rufus Lynch & Sarah Richardson.  I was born in Greensboro, N.C.and raised in Hollister, N.C.  I am married to Stefanie Lynch and we have 5 children.  I graduated from Northwest Halifax High School in the year 1988 then later joined the United States Air Force, then later attended Nash Community College.  I work as the Owner of Indigenous Crafts.  My hobbies include Genealogy, restoring my Camero (1967) and fishing.   What I enjoy the most is spending time with my family by taking every possible opportunity to teach my kids something new about out culture.  There's nothing better being at a Pow-wow watching my kids dance,  being around the drum and my people filling up on fry bread, and seeing all the beautiful regalia, it's indescribable!!



Earl Evans
Council Member

I am Earl Evans, the son of Douglas and Dorothy Evan.  I was born and raised in the Haliwa-Saponi Community.  I have over 20 years of formal involvement in issues impacting American Indian Tribal Governments, including government relations, development and fundraising.   In addition, I have helped found several local Native youth organizations, two national organizations, the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School and I have assisted with economic development projects across the country.   I have also assisted with matters including , but not limited to, federal regulations impacting Indian set aside programs, contracts, economic development, cultural and historic property\NAGPRA issues, and trust reform.  In my spare time, I focus on enjoying time with my children and family.


Donzell Mills
Council Member

I am Donzell Mills, the son of Joe and Isabella Mills.  I was born and raised in Hollister, N.C.  I am married to Deanna Mills and we have 3 children.  I graduated from Aurelian Springs in the year 1968 then later enlisted in the Army.  I am retired.  My hobbies include: cooking, socializing, occasional powwows and taking care of my family.


Ella Viverette
Council Member

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Rev.  John Lee

Council Member

I am Rev. John Rogers Lee, the son of Tempie Lee and the late Eugene Lee.  I was born and raised in Hollister, North Carolina.  I am divorced & I have two children.  I graduated from Nash Tech in the year 1972 where I obtained my GED. Then I received my certificate in Transportation Maintenance.  I worked as an Engineer at CSX Railroad where I worked as a Railroad Engineer for sixteen years and now I am disabled and retired.   I have been in the Ministry since 1982  and Pastoring at St. Gideon Baptist Church for  26 years now.    My hobbies include wood working and attending Church.