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.