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American Indian Arts Celebration draws record-setting crowd

BIG CYPRESS — It was easy to see that the 20th annual American Indian Arts Celebration was a success by expressions of the event’s 1,679 visitors as they experienced Native American culture first-hand. The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum festival, held Nov. 3 and 4 in Big Cypress, drew record crowds and featured a

Tribalwide housing plan unveiled

More than 1,500 acres of land in Brighton, Big Cypress, Hollywood, Immokalee and Lakeland will sprout new housing units in the not too distant future, thanks to the Tribalwide housing plan. The plan is in the design and engineering phase and should be complete by September 2018, the end of

National Grandparents Day unites families for lunch and love

BRIGHTON — Though National Grandparents Day was Sept. 10, Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School celebrated the annual event Sept. 29. Although Irma may have been the larger force of nature, there is little question that grandparents can have a significant impact on the lives of their grandchildren. Since 1978, National Grandparents Day has been

Competitive grazing field trial underway in Brighton

BRIGHTON — Smutgrass is the bane of cattle ranchers throughout Florida, who spend a lot of money trying to eradicate it. The invasive grass, originally from Asia, has a strong foothold in Tribal pastures in Big Cypress and Brighton. Aaron Stam, federally-recognized Tribal extension program agent, knows that most ranchers, academics

PECS inaugurates Student Council, holds clothing contest

BRIGHTON — A new team of leaders took the oath and the reins of the Student Council at Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School Sept. 29. Dressed in their finest patchwork, the 10 newly elected K-8 representatives and council chairwoman put their left hands on the bible, raised their right hands high and

Nutritionist stresses healthy cooking for Tribal members

BIG CYPRESS — Adults are learning how to improve their health by making and eating tasty food. At a cooking class Oct. 11, nutritionist Marianna Nikiforov taught a group of Tribal members how to make a healthy stir fry with chicken and vegetables, but the recipe wasn’t the only thing being

Jennie Shore named NIEA Elder of the Year

ORLANDO — As a child, Jennie Shore never attended a conventional school. She lived in the camp of her grandfather George Osceola, who wouldn’t send her to school because he wanted her to speak both Creek and Mikasuki so she could carry the languages on. “So here I am today, teaching the

NIEA educators convene in Orlando

ORLANDO — About 1,300 educators from 23 states, representing more than 100 tribes in Indian Country, gathered in Orlando Oct. 4-7 for the 48th Annual National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Convention. The event’s schedule was filled with opportunities for educators to grapple with issues facing Native American students and learn from

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum reopens after Irma clean up

BIG CYPRESS — Despite the devastating blow from Hurricane Irma, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum bounced back quickly and is welcoming guests again.   The museum partially opened Sept. 25, about two weeks after the storm hit. All the artwork was well protected in climate controlled vaults and was reinstalled after the storm by

SWAMP program launches in Big Cypress

BIG CYPRESS — About 60 Boys & Girls Club kids enthusiastically welcomed SWAMP to Big Cypress Oct. 19 at a party filled with fun activities, life lessons and plenty of food. SWAMP (Seminoles Without Addictions Make Progress) is led by the Center for Behavioral Health department’s Fred Mullins and will meet