2000’s

2000

In 2000 Calvin S. Hall was elected to a four year term as Chief of the Meherrin Indian Tribe.

2001

In 1951, the Pleasant Plains Indian Church celebrated its 150th anniversary.

2001

A Virginia Historical Marker was place in the area where the Meherrin once lived

2001

13th Annual Meherrin Powwow 2001.

2002

Jacqueline Spangler, left, president of the Rev. James Blair Chapter of the Colonial Dames-XVII Century, welcomes Page Archer of the Virginia Council of Indians to the Colonial Dames fall Chapter meeting. Archer is a member of the Meherrin Indian Tribe of North Carolina and a representative tribal dancer. She spoke to the Chapter on the various tribes of Indians in Virginia and brought many items representing her tribe’s cultural background. 

2002

Meherrin Chief Calvin Hall attends the Nottoway Tribe’s 1st Annual Powwow in Southhampton Virginia in 2002.

Rudy Hall, right, Chief of Maryland’s Accohannock tribe, poses with North Carolina’s Meherrin Tribal Chief Calvin Hall, left, and Mervin Savoy, center, at the Nottoway Tribe’s first annual powwow in Southampton County, Va., in 2002.

2003

15th Annual Meherrin Powwow 2003.

Pictured here is the late Meherrin Chief Calvin Hall and his family. 

2004

In 2004 Thomas Lewis was elected to a four year term as Chief of the Meherrin Indian Tribe.

2005

Aug 2005

The Rev. William Reid, a representative of the Meherrin Indian Tribe, was invited to attend a special dedication ceremony on the grounds of Fort Christanna in Lawrenceville Virginia a location once inhabited by the Meherrin people. While there, he blessed the grounds that will now be forever seen as sacred grounds to, not only the Meherrin Indian Nation, but to the Saponi Occoneechee Tribe as well. The Saponi Tribe moved into the fort for protection after the land was abandoned by the Meherrin people as they made their way further east along the Meherrin River. With archeological digs taking place since 2000, artifacts of the Meherrin people have been uncovered and as state and historical authorities got together, the site will now take on a permanent stand in history as Fort Christanna, the home place of the Meherrin Indians. Fort Christanna dates back to at least 1714, and in 1924 was recognized with a Virginia state marker. An organization known as the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Virginia are credited with stepping in an effort to preserve the central three-acres where the fort is located. Brunswick County owned approximately 22 acres that surround the fort and now county and national historic authorities have signed the land over to be preserved.

Dorothy Diggs Livingston and Arlene Melton Brown

2007

Former Meherrin Chief George Earl Pierce was killed on Jan 29, 2007. His funeral was held on Feb 3, 2007 at the Pleasant Plains Indian Baptist Church in Ahoskie NC.

2007

May 4th, 2007- Francis H. Davis, honorary state president of the Virginia Society Colonial Dames 17th Century, left meets with Paige Archer of the Meherrin Indian Tribe before the recent rededication ceremony of Historic Jamestown. Archer was appointed by Governor Warner to serve on the Virginia Council on Indians. She also serves as secretary of the York County Electoral Board, is on the board of directors of the York County Boys and Girls Club and is a retired Hampton schoolteacher. Archer and Davis are members of the Yorkton Woman’s Club. Archer participated in the rededication ceremony, also in attendance was Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip.

2008

In 2008 Wayne Mackanear Brown was elected to a four year term as Chief of the Meherrin Indian Tribe.

2008

May 31, 2008

More than 50 Meherrin Nation tribal members participated in the first Traditional Strawberry Ceremony held in more than 200 years in Meherrin territory. Kanaratanoron (Michael Jock), of the Bear Clan People of Mohawk Territory in Akwesasne, N. Y., and Sky-yoh-wee-yoh (Joe Logan), of the Wolf Clan of Oneida Territory, led the ceremony on Meherrin Nation grounds.

2009

A Gayanashagowa Review (Great Law of Peace Review) was conducted by Chief Billy Lazore (Wolf Clan) Onondaga Nation, Mike Jock (Bear Clan) Mohawk Nation, and Joe Logan (Wolf Clan) Oneida Nation. Many Meherrin attended this ceremony that took place over eight days and renewed the Meherrin pledge to uphold the Gayanashagowa and Iroquois traditions.

2009

On Feb 17, 2009 the Meherrin Nation received an honorary medal and plaque from Col. West of the United States Army at Fort Bragg Army Base for participating in a Native American heritage celebration

2009

On Oct 20, 2009 the Meherrin Nation members were named the Grand Marshalls at the Emporia Peanut Festival, where they demonstrated traditional Iroquois Social Dances.

2010

Sept 25, 2010
In 2010 the Meherrin Nation members were named the Grand Marshalls at the Emporia Peanut Festival, where they demonstrated traditional Iroquois Social Dances.

2010

Sept 25th, 2010 The Meherrin attend the Virginia Peanut Festival.

2011

In 2011 the Meherrin Nation members were named the Grand Marshalls at the Emporia Peanut Festival, where they demonstrated traditional Iroquois Social Dances.

2011

2011 Meherrin Harvest Festival.

2012

In 2012 Chief Wayne Mackanear Brown was re-elected to a four year term as Chief, along with a new council in a general election by Meherrin Nation tribal members. Chief Brown was also welcomed by the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs as chief.

2012

Oct 5-7, 2012 Meherrin Indian Nation Powwow.

2012

2012 Strawberry Ceremony.

2013

Jan 12th, 2013 As a distinguished guest, Chief Wayne Mackanear Brown attended the Inaugural Ceremonies for North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on January 12, 2013 at the North Carolina State Capitol. Chief Brown said, “I’m very elated to hear Governor McCrory say that all the people of North Carolina need to come together as one in order for the state to be successful.”

2013

May 18th 2013. Meherrin Nation Tribal members attened the 300th Aniversary of Edenton, North Carolina.

2013

Chief Wayne Mackanear Brown and members of the Meherrin Indian Nation attend Heritage Day – Emporia Virginia

2013

Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation on Wednesday, Nov. 13 designating November 2013 as American Indian Heritage Month. State appointed and elected officials were on hand for the signing along with tribal representatives from the Meherrin Indian Tribe.  

“American Indians are the foundation of North Carolina’s culture and will help shape its future,” said Gov. McCrory. “November is dedicated to celebrating the unique history and rich traditions of American Indians.”


2013

18th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration. Nov. 22 and 23 at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

2014

Letter of support from the North Carolina General Assembly for Federal Recognition.

2014

Strawberry Ceremony

2014

Jun 19, 2014 Federal Recognition support letter from NC Commission of Indian Affairs

2014

Constance B. Mitchell representing the Meherrin Indian Nation is appointed to the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs on Sept 17, 2014, her term ends on June 30, 2022.

2014

May 2014 Meherrin Nation tribal members attend the 2nd annual Hampton Heritage Day at Fort Monroe, Virginia.

2014

Meherrins, Mohawk and Cherokee attend a memorial service for fallen soldiers in Elizabeth city, North Carolina (2014).

2014

Artwork gifted to the Meherrin Indian Tribe by Pura Fe. 

2015

July 23, 2015 A Tuscarora Homecoming & ENC Family History Fair held in New Bern, Craven, County, North Carolina was attended by members of the Meherrin Indian Tribe in 2015.

2016

April 16, 2016 Mayor George Wallace being presented with a two row wampum belt, symbolizing coexistence and prosperity, from Chief Wayne Mackanear Brown of the Meherrin Nation at Hampton Heritage Day.

2016

On April 2016 the Meherrin held a Herring Fish Ceremony for the first time in two centuries.

2016

In 2016 Wayne Mackanear Brown was re-elected to a four year term as Chief of the Meherrin Indian Tribe.

2017

Dakota Access Pipeline Protest, Standing Rock Indian Reservation, North Dakota. #NoDAPL

Thousands from across the globe joined in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. The protest brought together more than 200 tribes including the Meherrin.

2017

On Nov 29, 2017 the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s Diversity Committee celebrated Native American Heritage Month with a ceremony that included guest speaker Rev William M. Reid of the Meherrin Indian tribe of North Carolina and a display of the tribe’s arts and crafts. During the ceremony’s invocation, Lt. Cmdr. Devon Foster, NMCP staff chaplain, said that “From the Revolutionary War to this day, Native American Indians continue to share their unique talent and resilience as they gallantly serve our Nation’s Armed Forces. We are privileged to hear and to learn about who we are and how we got here as Americans. This month’s celebration acknowledged the important contributions of native people, and their impact on our way of life today.” Rev Reid served in the Air Force in the 1950s and 1960s and also spoke about the challenges of the past that the Meherrin tribe faced and about the current challenges they face. He concluded with thanking the service members at the ceremony for their service to this country.

2018

Meherrin Indian Tribe attended the 43rd Annual NC Indian Unity Conference.
Mar 1, 2018 – Mar 3, 2018 

2018

Meherrin Indian Tribe attended the 2018 Hampton Heritage Day.

2018

Oct 8, 2018

Governor Roy Cooper Proclaims the Second Monday in October, 2018 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in North Carolina.

2018

Former Meherrin Chief Calvin Scott Hall Sr passed away on October 9, 2018 at Autumn Rehabilitation Center in Suffolk, VA. Calvin was also former mayor of Winton, NC, member of Winton Rescue Squad, and U.S. Army Veteran.

2018

N.C. Indian Heritage Proclamation Signing (2018).

Governor Cooper addressed Meherrin Tribal Chairman Jonathan Caudill and members of other N.C. Tribes at the Indian Heritage Proclamation Signing in 2018.

2019

Indigenous People March – Washington, D.C. Jan 18, 2019.

 

2019

Feb 7th, 2019 Chief Wayne Mackanear Brown passed away at age 70.

2019

March 7, 2019 North Carolina House of Representatives – Certificate of Acknowledgment and Congratulations for Chief Wayne Mackanear Brown. Dated Feb 7, 2019.

2019

Feb 9th, 2019 The North Carolina Department of Administration honors the passing of Chief Wayne Mackanear Brown (Shagoiewatha – One Who Causes to Awaken)

“As we continue to honor the life of former Representative John David Dingell, Jr., please also join us as we pay tribute to the life and work of Principal Chief of the Meherrin Nation, Wayne Mackanear Brown. Chief Brown served as the Principal Chief until February 7, 2019.

The Meherrin Nation is one of eight state-recognized tribes of American Indians in North Carolina and is located in Ahoskie and surrounding areas. Prior to his appointment as Chief in 2008, Brown served as operations manager and spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Flags should remain at half-staff now through sunset on Sunday, February 10, 2019. Flags are to return to full-staff on February 11, 2019 at sunrise”.

2019

On May 18, 2019 Meherrin Tribal members attended Hampton Heritage Day in Hampton, Virginia.

Greg and Diane Stephenson of the Meherrin Tribe lead guests in Iroquois welcome and social dances. Greg Stephenson will discuss his native language, and Diane will demonstrate finger weaving techniques. They will be joined by Iroquois storyteller Gregory Hooper and Meherrin smoke dancer Patrick Suarez.

2019

Oct 14, 2019

Ahoskie Mayor Jimmie Rowe (2nd, right) presents a Proclamation to Meherrin Tribal  from the town declaring Oct 14, 2019 as Indigenous People’s Day. Present were (from left): Victor Diggs, Justin Cowan, Autumn Diggs, Joseph Brown, Carolyn Jean Pearce, Wanda Vaughan, Margo Howard, Denise Wiggins, Tomika Brown, and Tribal Councilor Jerome James.

2019

On Nov 22, 2019 Meherrin Tribal members were invited to the North Carolina Executive Mansion to meet with Governor Cooper.

2019

On Dec 19, 2019 Meherrin Tribal members were invited to The North Carolina Executive Mansion to attend a Christmas Party being given by Governor Cooper and 1st Lady Mrs. Cooper.

2020

On Jan 8, 2020 Meherrin Nation citizen Patrick Suarez met with Congress Woman Debra A. Haaland to discuss MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman).

2020

Oct 12, 2020

June S. Wynn, Mayor of the Town of Winton, North Carolina declares Oct 12, 2020 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

2020

Oct 12, 2020

Hal Thomas, Mayor of the Town of Murfreesboro North Carolina declares Oct 12, 2020 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. 

2020

Oct 12, 2020

Mayor Weyling J. White proclaimed October 12th, 2020 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Ahoskie, further recognizing and honoring the valuable contributions made the to the knowledge, culture, and history of our communities.

2020

Oct 12, 2020

Evan Heath, Mayor of the Town of Winton, North Carolina declares Oct 12, 2020 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

2021

In 2021 Jonathan Caudill was elected to a four year term as Chief of the Meherrin Indian Tribe.

2022

Three Generations of Meherrin attended the 2022 Gathering of Nations, the largest pow-wow in the United States and North America.

2022

Gov. Cooper proclaimed May 5 as Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women to raise awareness on the disproportionate rate of American Indian and Alaska Native women who have been harmed by acts of violence.

2022

Chief Jonathan Caudill received a proclamation on behalf of the Meherrin citizens in honor of American Indian Heritage Month during the 27th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration that was held at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, NC.

2022

Gov. Cooper proclaimed Oct 10, 2022 as Indigenous People Day.

2022

Gov. Cooper proclaimed November as American Indian Heritage Month.

2023

Chief Jonathan Caudill and Meherrin Tribal Members attend the 48th Annual North Carolina Indian Unity Conference Mar 9, 2023 – Mar 11, 2023.

2023

United Tribes Representative, Rufus Archer and Chief Jonathan Caudill presented this year’s United Tribes Honorable Veteran’s award to Council Chairman Billy Melton. April 8, 2023

2023

Hertford County Resolution Honoring Oct 9, 2023 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

2023

On Nov 2, 2023 North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper hosted tribal leaders at the Executive Residence for an in-person signing of his American Indian Heritage Month proclamation.

2024

Governor Roy Cooper has declared May 5 as a Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women to show support and raise awareness on the disproportionate rate of American Indian and Alaska Native women who have disappeared or lost their lives due to acts of violence.