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Experts tout importance of data collection in Native education

MIAMI — Data collection is a tedious process that is often reserved for academics and researchers. But while it might be seen as a tiresome process, it can have profound implications on Native communities. In the domain of Native education, accurate data collection has an effect on many things, including what

Energy surge marks end of school year in Brighton

BRIGHTON — A Hawaiian theme filled the Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School gymnasium June 1 as students participated in end-of-year activities with teachers and staff in Brighton. Among the glow necklaces, beach balls, (plastic) grass skirts and inflatable palm trees were groups of the 308 students in all grades at the school

Kids have a splash at summer aquatics days

On June 12, the Big Cypress Recreation Department, along with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Big Cypress Councilman Mondo Tiger, hosted a “Summer Aquatics Day Kick Off Party.” Kids from across the reservation enjoyed a variety of activities, food and fun at the Big Cypress Community Pool. Immokalee

Miccosukee gaming revenue up for federal taxation

Attorney vows Supreme Court appeal In a published decision June 4, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed a trial judge’s previous decision that the federal government could collect taxes from Native American tribal casinos and from tribal members who receive disbursements from those casinos. “When an Indian tribe

Tampa Hard Rock in midst of massive expansion

Officials look to mid-2019 completion There’s another Florida Hard Rock operation that has been making some big news lately. While the huge guitar-shaped hotel at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood keeps taking shape and changing the skyline – another significant Hard Rock expansion in Tampa has been underway. The Seminole

Natives call for Lolita’s return

A 16-foot totem pole depicting the orca Tokitae made its way from Bellingham, Washington, to Miami in May, pausing at many stops along the way, including at Big Cypress. The totem was part of a trek of Lummi Nation tribal leaders, tribal members and their supporters – including some Seminole and

Seminole Sportsmen’s Fishing Series wraps up season

BIG CYPRESS — Bass were caught, weighed and released. Starting in March, 16 fishing teams joined the Seminole Sportsman’s 2018 Triple Crown Fishing Series, which culminated in a final event May 12 on the Big Cypress Reservation. The March event was the Bass Buster’s Fishing Tournament, while the April event was the

Miccosukee Indian School honors class of 2018

Students had graduation gowns neatly pressed and caps and tassels squared away for a packed crowd in the Miccosukee Indian School gymnasium. MIS marked the students’ 2018 graduation milestone May 16 on the Tamiami Trail Reservation. Family and friends of the students gathered at long tables decorated with flowers and glossy programs