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Government contracts: Good business

The federal government spends nearly $350 billion a year on goods and services, making it the world’s largest consumer. Almost a year ago, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. (STOFI) Board of Directors made the decision to try to enter the federal government marketplace. We hired Dawn Houle, a Chippewa-Cree from

A moment of excitement

When I saw the billboard with $1.5 billion on it, I went and bought several Powerball tickets. People were lined up doing the same thing I was at our local country Brighton Trading Post. I selected all my numbers and marked them on the card. What was disappointing was none of the

‘Christ’ will always be in Christmas

It’s hard to believe that it’s December! It feels more like summertime. If it weren’t for the decorations on the town’s street lights, you wouldn’t know it was Christmas. This year it has been interesting to watch the global issues that affect every human being – immigration, religion, the economy, politics, people

Holiday greetings

As 2015 draws to a close, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to our loyal staff for helping make our progress possible this year with the support of Tribal members. Our staff members worked very hard all year – now let’s take this time to relax with

Zen and the art of Big Cypress fishing

Back in the early 1950s, Big Cypress Seminole Reservation was still undisturbed wilderness. Many water birds were abundant: curlews, iron heads, blue herons, diver ducks, mallards, different types of egrets. Turkeys and deer were plentiful. The season’s change would bring in the rains, which cause the Everglades to have flowing water

Seminole ‘Cowboys’

Editor’s note: On Sept. 3, 2015, National Public Radio (NPR) published an article titled "The Indian Cowboys of Florida," referring to the Florida Seminole Indians. It was a Q-and-A between NPR writer Linton Weeks and Florida Department of State Director of Communications Meredith Beatrice. The story contained errors of fact,

Questions for the President: Cigarettes

Question: How much time have you spent, both as Chairman and now as President, on the cigarette issue? Mitchell Cypress: How many years have I served in the capacity as President or Chairman? Sixteen? The cigarette issue is always on the table. Q: The law known as Protecting Florida’s Health Act included

Big Wind: Fub le che cho bee

Fub le che cho bee season is here. Seminoles say that the Big Wind is a female passing by. You must refrain from whistling or blowing into objects that make a sharp sound such as bottles or flutes. If the Big Wind hears these sounds, she will come toward you with

From the mailbox, a poem to share

Once in a while I receive mail from different people around the world; this letter you see was sent to me a few days ago from Saundra J. Banker, in Salisbury, Pennsylvania, and I’d like to share. "State Road 7" 1957, heading South for Florida’s heaven ... anticipating surf and sun, thinking

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