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Center for Native American Youth to recognize Champions for Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) will celebrate its sixth cohort of CNAY Champions for Change through a series of recognition events in Washington, D.C. in February. The 2018 Champions include Damien Carlos (Tohono O’odham Nation), Isabel Coronado (Muscogee Creek Nation), Shawna Garza (Kickapoo

Ahfachkee recounts Egmont Key history

BIG CYPRESS — To tourists, Egmont Key is a lovely spit of land in the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa Bay, but to Seminoles it represents the misery endured by ancestors during the Seminole Wars in the mid-1800s. The island is disappearing due to erosion, but thanks to the Tribal Historic

PECS students focus on books during Literacy Week

BRIGHTON — Students at Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School began their week Jan. 22 with a visit from the Seminole Tribe Fire Rescue Department, who came to school with sirens blaring to kick off Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! in style. Students welcomed the fire fighters as they dismounted their shiny red fire

City College meets with Hollywood Boys & Girls Club

HOLLYWOOD — College preparation is starting early at the Hollywood Boys & Girls Club. On Jan. 18, representatives from City College visited with about six teenagers from the Boys & Girls Club to kick off a new collaboration. Along with food, music and games, the kickoff involved students filling out surveys

Ahfachkee inducts student council

BIG CYPRESS — Members of the Ahfachkee Student Council were elected in October and have been working diligently in their positions to improve student life at the Big Cypress school. On Jan. 16 they were officially inducted at a traditional pinning ceremony. Principal Dorothy Cain administered the oath of office and

Senate passes Esther Martinez Native Languages Preservation Act

The Esther Martinez Native Languages Preservation Act, which supports Native American language immersion programs, language survival schools and language restoration programs, was signed into law in 2006 but requires reauthorization by Congress every six years. The Senate passed the bill unanimously Nov. 29 and sent it to the House of Representatives

Tomie Motlow graduates FSU, continues education

Tomie Motlow, Councilman Chris Osceola’s executive assistant, has spent the last few years dedicated to higher education. Already having earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Penn State in December 2015, she recently earned a crime scene investigations (CSI) minor and her second bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, this