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Coming soon: Polly Parker Park

ST. MARKS — More than 150 years after young Seminole Indian Emateloye (Polly Parker) escaped her U.S. military captors here, hid in the palmettos, then evaded a hunting posse for more than 300 miles through the snakes and panthers and thick Florida outback all the way back home to Lake

Tampa Seminole Linda Lee Henry earns high school GED

TAMPA – The third try proved to be the charm for Seminole Tribal citizen Linda Lee Henry, who passed her General Education Development (GED) test and earned a high school equivalency diploma recently. “I want to dedicate this honor to my parents (Bobby and Annie Henry) because they were always there

East meets West as Florida Tribes greet Hawaiian canoe crew

EVERGLADES CITY —The brackish waters of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands were just too shallow in March to allow the a famous “canoe” to reach the docks of the Everglades National Park Gulf Coast Visitor Center. The Hōkūleʻa, a performance-accurate full-scale replica of a waʻa kaulua, was forced to anchor miles out

Bowlegs Town history, artifacts unearthed

OLD TOWN — Not far from the Suwannee River, historic Bowlegs Town rests almost like a whisper within a wide vista of North Florida high ground. The town is flanked by coastal mangroves and grassy plains with fingerlike waterways that slither west into the Gulf of Mexico and thick oak

‘Citizen archaeology’ bills die in committee

TALLAHASSEE — To the relief of Native American Tribes in Florida, the state Legislature ended its 2016 session March 11 with both House Bill 803 and Senate Bill 1054 dead in committee. Had the Citizens Archaeology Permit (CAP) bills been passed and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, anyone with

Sacred Native American sites threatened by Florida bills

TALLAHASSEE — Two bills currently on the Florida Legislature table threaten the state’s current protection of historical resources, principally Native historical and sacred sites dating back to aboriginal times. If passed, House Bill 803 and its companion Senate Bill 1054 would direct the Florida Division of Historical Resources to administer $100

Florida Seminole history explored at annual Tallahassee celebration

TALLAHASSEE — Seminole Tribe members and historians gathered at the Florida capital Dec. 12-13 to defend the aboriginal ancestry of today’s Seminole Indians during the annual Winter Solstice Celebration. Hosted by the Florida Department of State, the celebration was held at the Mission San Luis de Apalachee, a restored 1633 Spanish

Hard Rock Tampa’s Grey Salt restaurant opens amid fanfare

TAMPA — Star owners and chefs from some of the area’s best restaurants attended the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa’s grand opening for Grey Salt in November. The stylish 250-seat Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, under the supervision of celebrity executive chef Marc Murphy, replaces the Americana fare’s Green Room. Murphy is