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Brighton prepares for Field Day Festival and Rodeo

Brighton Field Day began in 1938 as a day of fun, athletic competition and camaraderie among Tribal members from every reservation. Since then the event has evolved into a major festival and rodeo that attracts thousands of Tribal members and the general public every year. This year, the 80th annual Brighton

Edward Aguilar promoted at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee

IMMOKALEE — The New Year started with a bang for Edward Aguilar; on Jan. 1 he was promoted to assistant general manager/vice president for the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee. A member of the Tribal Career Development program since 2013, Aguilar has forged a successful career with regular promotions at the Immokalee

Salacoa has record-breaking fall sale

Salacoa Valley Farms broke records at its fall sale in November 2017 when 109 buyers from nine states, Mexico and Australia bought more than 400 bulls and heifers. It was the Georgia ranch’s largest bull sale and the largest sale of female Brangus the breed has seen anywhere. Owned by the

Ahfachkee inducts student council

BIG CYPRESS — Members of the Ahfachkee Student Council were elected in October and have been working diligently in their positions to improve student life at the Big Cypress school. On Jan. 16 they were officially inducted at a traditional pinning ceremony. Principal Dorothy Cain administered the oath of office and

Senate passes Esther Martinez Native Languages Preservation Act

The Esther Martinez Native Languages Preservation Act, which supports Native American language immersion programs, language survival schools and language restoration programs, was signed into law in 2006 but requires reauthorization by Congress every six years. The Senate passed the bill unanimously Nov. 29 and sent it to the House of Representatives

Ahfachkee School plans expansion

BIG CYPRESS — The Ahfachkee School will undergo a massive expansion next year with the addition of a new middle and high school building. The two-story 30,000-square foot structure will be built on the site formerly home to a cluster of portable classrooms west of the school’s existing classroom building. Council

Pooches vaccinated at Big Cypress rabies clinic

Judging by the number of dogs and cats living on every reservation, its clear Tribal members enjoy their pets. The Animal Control Program makes sure these beloved family pets receive rabies vaccinations and electronic microchips every year at its free rabies clinics. A parade of pets came through the Big Cypress rodeo

Big Cypress RV Resort fills up for winter

BIG CYPRESS — The snowbirds have come home to roost at the Big Cypress RV Resort and Campground; the number of RVs at the campground is a sure sign of winter. The nip in the air doesn’t bother these guests, who hail from places where snow is a common sight including

Lisa Osceola takes the helm at EIRA

For the first time, the Eastern Indian Rodeo Association has a female president. Lisa Osceola was elected at the EIRA annual awards banquet this summer. Osceola is no stranger to the rodeo. The daughter of Josiah Johns, an Indian National Finals Rodeo Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Florida Indian