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Army Corps reveals new Lake Okeechobee Watershed Project plan

The Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project, an initiative developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District to improve the watershed surrounding Lake Okeechobee, met strong criticism with its original plan to build a reservoir along the northeast border of the Brighton Reservation. After months of debate from Tribal

Ahfachkee digs into expansion, renovations

BIG CYPRESS — The Ahfachkee School in Big Cypress officially began construction on April 4 for its expansion and renovation. The two-story, 30,000-square-foot expansion, which will include a new middle and high school building, will be completed in two phases. The first phase is construction of the new building and the

Hollywood Kids get head start with Nike running

HOLLYWOOD — As the days extend and weather warms, the Hollywood Boys & Girls Club hopes Tribal kids’ runs will get longer in a new partnership with Nike. Nike’s Marathon Kids, a program designed to create youth running clubs that get kids to walk, jog or run a combination of four

Jack Hanna goes ‘Into the Wild’ at Billie Swamp

BIG CYPRESS — The Billie Swamp Safari was a little more wild than usual April 5 as wildlife advocate Jack Hanna visited the Safari to film an upcoming episode of “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild.” Hanna, accompanied by his wife, Suzi, daughters Kathaleen Hanna Stephenson and Julie Hanna, and grandchildren Jack

Know your veteran benefits with Marc McCabe

Marc McCabe, bureau chief and chief service officer of Vietnam Veterans of America in St. Petersburg, helps people throughout Florida, Georgia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico get disability benefits every year. Under a special grant partnership with the Seminole Tribe, McCabe provides assistance and guidance on benefits for

Big Cypress opens pharmacy, discusses clinic expansion

BIG CYPRESS — Tribal members living in Big Cypress no longer have to take a road trip to pick up prescription medications. The Seminole reservation opened the Seminole Pharmacy Big Cypress on April 5, an addition to the community’s health clinic that is expected to make health services easier and faster

Sitting down with ‘The Voice’ finalist Brooke Simpson

A self-proclaimed ‘happy girl who writes sad songs,’ Haliwa-Saponi tribal member Brooke Simpson took the U.S. by storm in 2017 on the 13th season of NBC’s “The Voice.” Originally from Hollister, North Carolina, Simpson grew up singing with her evangelist parents. Although she sang her whole life, it wasn’t until she

Read Across America brings stories to reservations

HOLLYWOOD — Children may not usually like doctors, but the one doctor almost every child and parent can look forward to is Dr. Seuss. March 2 marked the famous author’s 114th birthday, and in celebrating the occasion, the National Education Association hosted the annual Read Across America initiative, which made