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 Anstead

Vice Chief

This section has been reserved for the Vice-Chief and a Bio will be uploaded as soon as possible.


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"


Alfred Richardson

Vice Chair


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Rev.  John Lee

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.


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!!


Roena Daniel
Council Member


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.


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.


Ladonna E. 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.


Ladonna D. Richardson

Council Member