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FGCU ‘Native American Festival’ celebrates patchwork

FORT MYERS — Florida Gulf Coast University commemorated Native American culture in November by highlighting the art and culture of the Seminole and Miccosukee Tribes. The last event of the school’s second annual “Native American Festival” on Nov. 21 focused on patchwork. Seminole Tribal member Jessica Osceola, Miccosukee Tribal member Khadijah Cypress

Learn your culture’s past to protect the future

There is undoubtedly a peace of mind that comes with knowing where we originate as people. This is especially crucial in societies that have enforced conformity and demonstrated apathy towards underserved demographics. Identity is an aspect of our lives that gives us purpose and a sense of belonging. My Native American

School shootings: Enough is enough

On Feb. 14, 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, marking the 19th shooting on school grounds in 2018. When I first heard of this shooting, I immediately thought to myself ‘not again’ and was shocked, especially since the year

Nobody wins when the family feuds

Many of the issues prevalent in Native American and African-American communities stem from centuries of psychological trauma and mistreatment, in addition to the fact that beneficial resources are not always readily available. In hip-hop, its origins are a direct result of slavery and its long-lasting effects. Historically, it was the type

Finding the meaning of Christmas in family

After Thanksgiving, the holiday season seems to snowball into several different holidays during the month of December, including Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Years Eve, just to name a few. For many people, Christmas represents a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with family, friends and loved ones.

Honoring veterans: A letter from President Mitchell Cypress

The following letter, written by President Mitchell Cypress, an Army and National Guard veteran, appeared in the programs for the Big Cypress and Brighton Veterans Day celebrations. To our Veterans and Guests, Today we celebrate, honor and remember our modern day warriors and heroes who so bravely fought and defended this great

Understanding Native issues prevents future problems

“I am alive. Life is a gift. There is a reason I am still here.” These are the words Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Vice-chairman and President Mitchell Cypress wrote in his 2007 autobiography “Having Diabetes & Acting in an Honorable Way.” The book chronicles his journey overcoming obstacles he faced throughout

NICWA statement on proposed budget

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) issued the following statement about President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget.  On May 23, 2017, the White House released its fiscal year 2018 budget for federal agencies. This was the more detailed version of the budget blueprint, or “skinny budget,” that was