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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

The New Trail of Tears

If you want to know why American Indians have the highest rates of poverty of any racial group, why suicide is the leading cause of death among Indian men, why native women are two and a half times more likely to be raped than the national average and why gang

Could there be a day, one day, without oil?

The Trump administration has been in office for less than a month — and already the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline is again proceeding. Company officials say oil will be flowing by June. Yes, there is a flurry of activity around the Dakota Access Pipeline, a project that has cost

Goin’ down that road feeling Sam

I’ve been travelling down this road since about 1946 or ‘48. I’ve been seeing this road basically all my life. I’m 72 now, so it must’ve been before 1950 that I first saw that dirt road. Back in those days, it didn’t look like it does today. You can see

Birthday number 72: Butterflies, J. Walker

March 20. On that morning I woke up, walked outside my chickee hut, sat down in a rocking chair on my porch and greeted the day. I thought my mind was playing with me when I looked out in my yard: There were hundreds of butterflies flying all over the

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