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 O.  Richardson

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 AnsteadVice ChiefJeff 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.


Rev. Michael Richardson

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".



Joseph Reginald Lynch, Sr.
Council Member

Joseph Reginald Lynch, Sr., better known as "Reggie", is the son of Rufus Lynch & Sarah Richardson.  He was born in Greensboro, N.C. and raised in Hollister, N.C.  He is married to Stefanie Lynch and they have 5 children.  Reggie graduated from Northwest Halifax High School in 1988, then later joined the United States Air Force and afterward attended Nash Community College.  He works at and is the Owner of Indigenous Crafts.  His hobbies include Genealogy, restoring his 1967 Camaro, and fishing. What he enjoys the most is spending time with his family by taking every possible opportunity to teach his children something new about the Tribal culture.  Reggie also likes being at a Pow-wow watching children dance, being around the drum, and watching his people fill up on fry bread. Seeing all the dancers in their beautiful regalia is indescribable!


Ladonna Evans Richardson
Council Member

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 Richardson

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 Daniel
Council Member

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
Council Member

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 Lee

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
Council Member

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.


Ella Viverette
Council Member

Ella Viverette is the daughter of Walter and Magnolia Mills.  She is married to William Samuel Viverette, has 3 children and 7 grandchildren. Ella attended school in the Hollister area and has graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.  Ella has served on the Tribal Council for 14 years and the Rural Health Group Board for more than 13 years, and recently retired from a position at Nash Community College. She is a member of the Mt. Bethel Indian Baptist Church where she has served as an usher and sings whenever the opportunity presents itself.  Ella has been the Senior Haliwa-Saponi Indian Princess and represented her fellow seniors locally as well as throughout North Carolina.