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Ahfachkee recounts Egmont Key history

BIG CYPRESS — To tourists, Egmont Key is a lovely spit of land in the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa Bay, but to Seminoles it represents the misery endured by ancestors during the Seminole Wars in the mid-1800s. The island is disappearing due to erosion, but thanks to the Tribal Historic

PECS students focus on books during Literacy Week

BRIGHTON — Students at Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School began their week Jan. 22 with a visit from the Seminole Tribe Fire Rescue Department, who came to school with sirens blaring to kick off Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! in style. Students welcomed the fire fighters as they dismounted their shiny red fire

Hollywood to host Tribal Fair and Pow Wow

HOLLYWOOD — Hollywood is about to welcome hundreds of Indian Country’s most talented dancers and drummers to the 47th annual Seminole Tribal Fair and Pow Wow. Dressed in their finest regalia, participants will compete for their share of the $150,000 prize purse from Feb. 9 to 11 at Hard Rock

Brighton prepares for Field Day Festival and Rodeo

Brighton Field Day began in 1938 as a day of fun, athletic competition and camaraderie among Tribal members from every reservation. Since then the event has evolved into a major festival and rodeo that attracts thousands of Tribal members and the general public every year. This year, the 80th annual Brighton

Edward Aguilar promoted at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee

IMMOKALEE — The New Year started with a bang for Edward Aguilar; on Jan. 1 he was promoted to assistant general manager/vice president for the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee. A member of the Tribal Career Development program since 2013, Aguilar has forged a successful career with regular promotions at the Immokalee

Salacoa has record-breaking fall sale

Salacoa Valley Farms broke records at its fall sale in November 2017 when 109 buyers from nine states, Mexico and Australia bought more than 400 bulls and heifers. It was the Georgia ranch’s largest bull sale and the largest sale of female Brangus the breed has seen anywhere. Owned by the

Ahfachkee inducts student council

BIG CYPRESS — Members of the Ahfachkee Student Council were elected in October and have been working diligently in their positions to improve student life at the Big Cypress school. On Jan. 16 they were officially inducted at a traditional pinning ceremony. Principal Dorothy Cain administered the oath of office and

Senate passes Esther Martinez Native Languages Preservation Act

The Esther Martinez Native Languages Preservation Act, which supports Native American language immersion programs, language survival schools and language restoration programs, was signed into law in 2006 but requires reauthorization by Congress every six years. The Senate passed the bill unanimously Nov. 29 and sent it to the House of Representatives

Ahfachkee School plans expansion

BIG CYPRESS — The Ahfachkee School will undergo a massive expansion next year with the addition of a new middle and high school building. The two-story 30,000-square foot structure will be built on the site formerly home to a cluster of portable classrooms west of the school’s existing classroom building. Council