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Seminoles welcome Indian Day

November may be Native American Heritage Month, but most Seminoles celebrated Indian Day in September. “It’s Indian Day every day for us; today is just a day the government decided to recognize us and give us a holiday,” said Chairman Marcellus W. Osceola Jr. “It’s a chance for us to fellowship

Competitive grazing field trial underway in Brighton

BRIGHTON — Smutgrass is the bane of cattle ranchers throughout Florida, who spend a lot of money trying to eradicate it. The invasive grass, originally from Asia, has a strong foothold in Tribal pastures in Big Cypress and Brighton. Aaron Stam, federally-recognized Tribal extension program agent, knows that most ranchers, academics

Everglades City tries to transform disaster into triumph

Hurricane Irma’s devastating blow on Everglades City did not keep the small town down for long. Only weeks after destruction hit, the city’s historical society plans to rebuild a town that’s better than ever. Marya Repko, president of Everglades Society for Historic Preservation, explained that a 4-foot storm surge left numerous

The Treaty of Moultrie Creek

This year, 2017, is an important year of anniversaries for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. It marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Seminole Wars in 1817. It is the 60th anniversary of federal recognition of the Seminole Tribe of Florida as a government and a business enterprise.

Osceola brothers help Hurricane Irma victims

When Connie Osceola learned of the devastation Hurricane Irma caused in September, she used it as an opportunity to teach her grandsons Nigel Osceola, 12, and Dominic Osceola, 11, about giving back to the community. The two brothers, who live in Tampa, went with members of New Day Church in September

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum reopens after Irma clean up

BIG CYPRESS — Despite the devastating blow from Hurricane Irma, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum bounced back quickly and is welcoming guests again.   The museum partially opened Sept. 25, about two weeks after the storm hit. All the artwork was well protected in climate controlled vaults and was reinstalled after the storm by

THPO maps Seminole Tribe’s history

The Seminoles have a known lineage dating back hundreds of years in Florida. To help trace this history and create a streamlined data archive, the Tribe’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office has created a geo-mapping program. The mapping software uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to place all findings and historical pieces on

Breast cancer survivor stories hit home

While October in northern climates brings a change in the color of leaves, the most noticeable change in Florida is the prevalence of the color pink, which popped up around reservations to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Tribal members wore pink as they walked together, posed for photos and listened to speakers

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