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O.B. Osceola Sr. retires after a lifetime building chickees

NAPLES — O.B. Osceola Sr. got his start in the chickee building business when, as an 8-year-old, he handed his father Cory Osceola palm fronds that would be used for a new chickee’s roof. He loved the work but wanted to be on the roof building it with his brothers. Eventually, Osceola,

Big Cypress cattle drive honors past

BIG CYPRESS — More than 30 Tribal and non-Tribal cowboys and cowgirls of all ages saddled up March 17 and hit the road for the 22nd annual Junior Cypress Cattle Drive and Rodeo in Big Cypress. A group of nine steer led the way as horseback riders, dogs, ATVs, bicycles and

Seminole shootout hits its mark in Immokalee

IMMOKALEE — About 2,000 history buffs, tourists, school children and boy scouts from all over the state showed up in Immokalee March 2 and 3 to learn a little bit about Seminole history by watching a reenactment of the Seminole Wars. The Seminole Shootout Battle Reenactment, which began in Big Cypress

Cattle head for the hills at Smith Family Cattle Drive

At the 6th annual Smith Family Cattle Drive Jan. 27, which honors the family patriarchs’ contributions to the Tribe in the cattle industry and public service, about 100 family, friends and community members aimed to move a herd of 30 steer about six miles from the Brighton Marsh Pens to

Brighton RV Resort revels in busy season

All it takes is a drive to the Brighton Trading Post to see things are hopping at the adjacent RV Resort. A sea of recreational vehicles, boats and bikes have filled the 56-pad park to capacity.  “It’s our second year in a row that we’re full,” said Darcey Barrows, Trading Post

Naples community can can vegetables

About a dozen members of the Naples community went back in time for a couple of days as they canned vegetables the old fashioned way.  Crates of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, onions, watermelons, and pinto and garbanzo beans fresh from the Immokalee farmers market filled the Juanita Osceola Center Feb. 12 and

Wildland firefighters from Indian Country train in BC, Brighton

BIG CYPRESS — Forestry firefighters fight fire with fire to prevent large wildfires from spreading out of control. Wildland firefighters from all over Indian Country have been busy setting fires in Big Cypress and Brighton to practice their skills and learn new ones. The program began in 1994 when Big Cypress

Vacant Stone Beads building demolished

BRIGHTON — The corner of Reservation and Harney Pond Roads was once the hub of Tribal activity in Brighton. A convenience store owned first by Ollie and Shula Jones and then by Joe Lester and Julie John stood at the prime location and was the only store on the res. The