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Jimmy Osceola wins statewide Native art competition

An oil painting created by artist Jimmy Osceola depicting Seminoles at Lake Okeechobee won the Natural Resources Conservation Service poster contest in August. The theme of the competition was “Water is the Essential Element.” Osceola’s painting, titled “Big Water of Life”, will be printed on posters and distributed to the United

Recent grads learn about the Tribe

ORLANDO — Newly minted Tribal high school graduates traveled to Orlando July 16-18 for an education about the Tribe. The mission of the program, held at Sapphire Falls Resort, was to provide an overview of what services the Tribe offers its members. About a dozen graduates participated in the program,

Tribalwide summer jobs keep students learning, earning

Thirty-six teenagers gained valuable experience in the working world this summer through the Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) sponsored by the Center for Student Success and Services Department. Founded in 2005, the program aims to prepare students for the workforce and expose them to opportunities within the Tribe. The participants chose

PECS wins Little Red Schoolhouse award

BRIGHTON — Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School won the 2017 Little Red Schoolhouse award in June for its Creek immersion program. Sponsored by the Florida Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals (FAEMSP), the award recognizes programs that make education engaging, challenging and meaningful for students. “It’s an exciting award that recognizes

Summer of science greets Pemayetv Emahakv students

BRIGHTON — About 50 Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School students got an inkling of what the scientific method of discovery is all about during the school’s four-week summer science program. The program focused on fun with plenty of hands-on experiments, but it also snuck in additional learning through journal writing, data

Thousands of Seminole calves shipped out

BRIGHTON — Tribal pastures in Brighton and Big Cypress are a bit less crowded now that 60 cattle owners sold nearly 4,000 calves during the annual calf shipping July 10-21. The calves left the reservations about 80 to 100 at a time on large multi-level cattle trucks. It took 44 truckloads

Florida drops gaming lawsuit, settles with Tribe

The Tribe and the state of Florida settled a legal battle regarding violations of the existing gaming compact July 5. The settlement agreement will allow the Tribe’s gaming operations to continue with blackjack and baccarat through 2030. The agreement ends the state’s federal lawsuit challenging the Tribe’s right to keep blackjack

Brighton girls soar at FGCU Eagles volleyball clinic

FORT MYERS — Florida Gulf Coast University’s Alico Arena is home to the Eagles, but on June 7, more than 50 Seminole girls from Brighton moved into the ‘Nest’ for an intense volleyball clinic. The Tribe has had a long partnership with the university in Fort Myers, including sports camps and

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