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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

Living and learning at PECS culture camp

BRIGHTON — Every year, the students at the Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School learn their ancestors’ culture by living it for a day, thus gaining a tangible appreciation for the past. At the PECS annual hands-on culture camp May 17, students in grades 4, 5 and 6 cooked lunch in the cooking

SCAD graduate draws up future

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in hand, Acealyn Youngblood is ready to embark on a career as an artist. A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, she studied illustration and plans to work in either package or magazine design. “Ever since I was a child

Appreciation shown for PECS staff

BRIGHTON — Borrowing from an old proverb, it takes a village to educate a child. At Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School in Brighton, that village was recognized for the work it does all year long. Classroom teachers, culture employees and non-instructional staff each had their moment in the spotlight May 9

Historical figures re-imagined as author visits Ahfachkee

BIG CYPRESS – Ahfachkee students had a rare insider’s view of what it takes to write and illustrate books when children’s book author Andrew Toffoli spent the day April 20 demonstrating the process. Toffoli specializes in histories told through characters that slightly resemble the authentic figures, but in the guise of