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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

Sleep with your head to the East

At an early age, my mother would get me out of bed in the morning to wash my face and rinse my mouth. She made me turn my body toward the rising sun. She would say, "Breathmaker has given you another day on earth. Be thankful and say Sho-naa-bish (thank you)

Back in the saddle again

First of all, I would like to go ahead and thank everybody who gave me support for my return back to politics. Also I would like to congratulate all the seniors who graduated this year from school and remind them that no matter what field they choose, Seminole Tribe and

Life in a chickee on ‘Tahl-chobee yo-gee’

My family lives in a thatched-roof hut called a chickee. It does not hold back the noises coming from the outside. It does not prevent spiders, cockroaches, mosquitoes, rats or snakes from visiting. Wintertime you freeze but in summertime you are cool and comfortable. Every morning we are awakened an hour

Grandkids inherit grandmother’s talent

What I’ve been seeing lately is it seems like every generation picks up the habits of the first generation. I finally got to hear the Osceola brothers – Cameron, 18, Tyson, 16, and Sheldon, 13 – play their music at the 77th annual Brighton Field Day. I knew they played

Soldiers called him ‘Devil’

That ol’ Devil, the soldiers called him. It was almost a romantic term. You know: "That ol’ Devil escaped us again!" More and more as time went on, the word Devil was also put on the haunts of the Seminole medicine man Abiaki (aka Sam Jones). More than 150 years