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.
Dr. Brucie Ogletree Green Richardson was elected Chief of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe for a three-year term on June 14, 2014. She is the first female to serve in this capacity. As Chief, she is responsible for representing and promoting the cultural and traditional heritage of the Tribe to its members and the public.
A Halifax County native, Dr. Richardson is the daughter of the late Allen Randolph and Lillie Blanche Hedgepeth Green. She is the middle child of a family of 15 children.
Dr. Richardson is a member of Mount Bethel Indian Baptist Church. She is actively involved in church activities which include serving as an assistant musician, a member of the scholarship committee and Women on Missions.
In 1961, Dr. Richardson graduated from the Haliwa Indian School. After graduating from Nash Community College and North Carolina Wesleyan College, she earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, an Educational Specialist Degree and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration. While pursing her Doctoral Degree, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Sweden.
Chief Dr. Richardson and her husband, Dr. Joseph Oliver Richardson, reside in the Bethlehem community and they have three sons: Michael W., Brian W., and Gregory L. Richardson. They also have six grandchildren: Erinn, Kara, Lillian, Joseph, Markus, and Zachary Richardson.
Jeff is the son of the late Deanna Anstead. He is the proud father of 3 girls. Jeff grew up in the Hollister community, and currently works for the Warren County School System. He has been on the Council for more than 9 years and is currently serving as the Vice-Chief. He chairs the Long Range Planning Committee and is very active at every Pow Wow.
Michael Richardson, the son of the late Robert & Clarine Richardson, was born and raised in Warren County, N. C. He is married to Velma Rene Richardson and together they have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Michael graduated from John Graham High School in 1973 and has 21 years of Pastoral experience and is currently the Pastor of the Bunn Chapel Baptist Church in Bunn, NC. His hobbies include: carpentry, reading and volunteerism. Aside from this, he is a member of the Board of Directors for the Warren County Department of Social Services (WC DSS) and has over 30 years of Carpentry and Construction Superintendent experience. His Life Principle is "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".
Ladonna Evans Richardson has served on the Haliwa Saponi Tribal Council for five years. She has served as Tribal Council Secretary and Treasurer in past years. Currently Mrs. Richardson is the Haliwa Saponi Princess Committee Chairperson. She has served the tribe over the years on several committees including Preserve Haliwa, PowWow Planning, Finance, Fundraising, Tribal Awards, and Princess Committee. Ladonna volunteers wherever she is needed throughout the community.
A 1994 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science in Dental Hygiene, Ladonna has worked for 21 years at Hoffman & Arthur Family Dentistry. She is married to Ivan and together they have a blended family of 5 beautiful daughters. In her spare time she enjoys painting, reading and writing poetry.
Alfred is the son of Sidney Richardson and Ora Jeffries and is married to Judy Richardson. He was born in Enfield, N.C and raised in Newport News, Va. After High School graduation he moved to Maryland where he lived for over 42 years. He is the father of 3 girls and grandfather to 2 grandsons. Alfred is retired from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Water Authority in Maryland. He was the Tribal Administrator for 3 years and is not the Vice-Chair of the Tribal Council. Alfred is a member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church. His hobbies consist of his Corvette and grandsons.
Roena is the daughter of Johnnie & Flossie Richardson and is married to Percell Daniel. Roena is the mother of 4, grandmother of 8 and Great-grandmother of 3. She is currently retired after being a Navy wife, working at various jobs, and finished her working career after working 10 years at Barcalounger. Roena was raised in Halifax County and attended Haliwa Indian School. She attends Trinity Baptist Church where she is the pianist, choir director and Sunday School Teacher. Her other interests are sewing and cooking. She has been a Council member for more than 7 years.
LaDonna D. Richardson
LaDonna is the daughter of the late Ronald E. Richardson, and Gwendolyn and Malcon “Mike” Evans. She has one daughter, Caitlin. She is a 1998 graduate of Northwest Halifax High School, has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from North Carolina Wesleyan College, and a Master’s in Social Work from East Carolina University. LaDonna has recently registered with the North Carolina Social Work Licensure Board to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. LaDonna currently works as a Child Protective Services Social Worker for Nash County. She serves as Secretary for the Tribal Princess Committee, and Assistant Secretary for the Pow-wow Planning Committee. LaDonna is serving her first term (2015-2018) on Tribal Council.
Rev. John Rogers Lee, the son of the late Tempie and Eugene Lee, was born and raised in Hollister, North Carolina. He is the father of two children. Rev. Lee graduated from Nash Tech in 1972 where he obtained his GED. Then continued his education and received a certificate in Transportation Maintenance. He worked as a Railroad Engineer for CSX Railroad for sixteen years and now due to disabilities is retired. Rev. Lee has been in the Ministry since 1982 and Pastoring at St. Gideon Baptist Church for 26 years. His hobbies include wood working and attending Church.
Earl Evans,the son of Douglas and Dorothy Evans, was born and raised in the Haliwa-Saponi Community. He has over 20 years of formal involvement in issues impacting American Indian Tribal Governments, including government relations, development and fundraising. In addition, He has helped found several local Native youth organizations, two national organizations, the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School and has assisted with economic development projects across the country. Earl has 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. Earl is the father of two children and focuses on spending as much time as possible with them and family.
Dudley Lynch, Sr.
Dudley Gregg Lynch Sr., is the son of Raleigh and Claudese Lynch. He was born in Philadelphia, PA., and raised in Roslyn, PA. Dudley is a graduate of Abington Senior High School and Eastern Montgomery County Vocational Technical School, and attended the Antonelli School of Art and Photography. Before moving to North Carolina Dudley worked at the United American Indians Of The Delaware Valley, an organization founded primarily by Haliwa-Saponi members that had relocated to the Philadelphia area, and was also in the commercial printing industry. After moving to Hollister in 1993, he continued to work in the printing industry for several years before entering a career in the emergency services field. He has been a member of Arcola Rural Volunteer Fire Department for 18 years and has served as Captain, Secretary, and Training Officer for 17 years. Dudley also oversees the fire department's medical first responders, and founded the department's Junior Firefighter program. He has been employed by both Halifax and Warren County Emergency Medical Services since 2001 and continues to serve the surrounding community dutifully as a paramedic. Dudley is the proud father of three sons, and enjoys spending time with his family, and in his spare time enjoys researching genealogy.
Rydell was born and raised in Warren County, North Carolina. He is the son of Doris Norman and Genola Richardson, and the grandson of Bell B. and Virginia “BC” Richardson and Horace and Nancy Silver. Rydell is the proud father of one son, Darin Richardson. He is a member of the Mt. Bethel Indian Baptist Church where he volunteers to cook at church functions for the senior citizens and the children of our community. Rydell volunteers at our Haliwa-Saponi Pow Wow, as well. Since 2000, he has volunteered to work at the voting polls during every election. Rydell offers his time and service to help those in need around our community.
Rydell is a plumber by trade and has worked in farming, construction, and plumbing. Rydell enjoys singing, fishing, cooking, and gardening.
Norman Rydell Richardson is dedicated to the people of his community and looks forward to serving the people of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe as his forefathers have done.