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Naples SWEP students learn about Tribal departments

The Naples community is a small one with few of the departments common on other reservations. To allow Naples youth to participate in the Summer Work Experience Program, community outreach coordinator Sandra Osceola worked with Kerlande Patterson to develop a plan to introduce students to opportunities within the Tribe. Students chose

Summer Work Experience Program features most participants ever

  More than 100 teens from every reservation participated in the Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP), where they gained valuable experience from working every day and earning a paycheck every week. The program, sponsored by the Center for Student Success and Services, placed students in a variety of tribal departments including Culture,

Ahfachkee graduates take the stage

BIG CYPRESS — The Ahfachkee School graduation May 24 was an intimate affair; just one high school graduate, Eyanna Billie, and one general education diploma (GED) graduate, Elisah Billie, proudly walked down the aisle to claim their diplomas. The Herman Osceola Gym showed no sign of the boisterous youth and adults

Immokalee summer camp cooks up culture

Summer camp is more than games, sports and water fun. In Immokalee the campers also learned to cook a traditional Seminole meal in the cooking chickee June 13. The day was plenty hot without the large fire raging under the grate in the chickee, but the kids endured the heat and

4-H wraps up successful year at annual banquet

BRIGHTON — The 134-member Seminole Indian 4-H club celebrated another year of accomplishments at its annual awards banquet June 4 at the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena in Brighton. Youth participants, adult volunteers and cattle owners were recognized for their work and commitment to the program. “What we take away from this

Vickey Huff retires as elder services director

BIG CYPRESS — After spending the better part of 30 years making sure Seminole seniors had all their needs met, Director of Elder Services Vickey Huff has retired. Now she intends to pay a little more attention to herself, her family and her interests. Her journey began with a retirement party

Alex Johns named Florida Cattlemen’s Association president

Johns is first Native American to lead the organization ORLANDO — A new chapter has been added to the Seminole Tribe’s storied history in the cattle industry. Tribal member Alex Johns was named president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association at its annual convention June 21 in Orlando. Johns is the first Native