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Learn your culture’s past to protect the future

There is undoubtedly a peace of mind that comes with knowing where we originate as people. This is especially crucial in societies that have enforced conformity and demonstrated apathy towards underserved demographics. Identity is an aspect of our lives that gives us purpose and a sense of belonging. My Native American

Tribe recounts history at Egmont Key

EGMONT KEY — On April 5, Egmont Key was more than a tourist attraction with scenic views and various beach attractions. Staff members from the Tribe’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office organized a two-hour tour for 33 Tribal citizens visiting the site, the largest Seminole visit on the island since the

School shootings: Enough is enough

On Feb. 14, 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, marking the 19th shooting on school grounds in 2018. When I first heard of this shooting, I immediately thought to myself ‘not again’ and was shocked, especially since the year

Nobody wins when the family feuds

Many of the issues prevalent in Native American and African-American communities stem from centuries of psychological trauma and mistreatment, in addition to the fact that beneficial resources are not always readily available. In hip-hop, its origins are a direct result of slavery and its long-lasting effects. Historically, it was the type

Finding the meaning of Christmas in family

After Thanksgiving, the holiday season seems to snowball into several different holidays during the month of December, including Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Years Eve, just to name a few. For many people, Christmas represents a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with family, friends and loved ones.

Understanding Native issues prevents future problems

“I am alive. Life is a gift. There is a reason I am still here.” These are the words Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Vice-chairman and President Mitchell Cypress wrote in his 2007 autobiography “Having Diabetes & Acting in an Honorable Way.” The book chronicles his journey overcoming obstacles he faced throughout

Living the ACD experience: Smooth transition to Business Marketing

As mentioned in my previous Advanced Career Development columns, I strongly considered working for the Hard Rock’s management trainee program. Ultimately, I opted to work for the Tribal government because of a more favorable work schedule for myself. Working within this program has continued to teach me the importance of

Restaurant opening fulfills dream for Shamy and Wanda Tommie

FORT PIERCE — After more than 15 years of being caterers, Tribal citizen Shamy Tommie and his wife Dr. Wanda Tommie’s vision of being restaurant owners came to fruition March 4. Over 300 close friends, relatives, and patrons attended the much anticipated grand opening of Shamy’s Rib and Chicken Shack