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Seniors compete through laughter at field day

BIG CYPRESS — The day was more about camaraderie than competition as seniors gathered for the second annual tribalwide seniors’ field day April 21 in Big Cypress. Recreation director Cathy Cypress designed the day to be one of socializing, fun and a little movement. Laughter was the most common sound heard

Florida fire season in full blaze

It is fire season in Florida and 2017 is proving to be one of the driest. Since early March hot spots have been erupting all over Southwest Florida, including in Naples, Immokalee and Big Cypress. The dry season typically goes from November through April, but the winter La Nina weather pattern,

Ahfachkee students do their part to save sea turtles

A group of Ahfachkee students fulfilled their promise to the Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys on April 10 when they presented the facility with a check for $487.01. The students raised the money through a Valentine’s Day bake sale. Ten students, including members of the Student Council, along with a

Chicks prove to be popular purchase

BONITA SPRINGS — A group of Immokalee seniors enjoyed a day on the town complete with lunch and shopping in Bonita Springs. After a leisurely feast at Rodizio Grill, a Brazilian steakhouse, the group went to Rural King to shop. The store features a variety of goods geared toward country living

Water Warriors program showcases history, culture, concern

BIG CYPRESS — The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum commemorated the 47th Earth Day with a Water Warriors program that focused on water issues. The Tribe’s connection to water and the Everglades took center stage at the Big Cypress event April 22. "The Tribe’s relationship to water is amazing," said Paul Backhouse, director of

Agriculture commissioner receives glimpse of Brighton life

BRIGHTON — Florida Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam, a fifth generation Florida cattle rancher and citrus grower, visited the Brighton Reservation for the first time April 24 and was impressed by what he learned. "Too many people define the Tribe by their relationship with gaming," Putnam said. "For me it’s defined by

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