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Lee Zepeda named Executive Director of Administration

In a memo sent out Nov. 1, Chairman Marcellus W. Osceola Jr. welcomed Lee Zepeda as the new Executive Director of Administration for the Tribe. In this position, Zepeda will oversee the Center for Student Success and Services, Boys and Girls Club, the Hollywood preschool, recreation, community culture and Office

Osceola siblings bring Seminole history to life

NAPLES — About 50 fifth-graders at the Community School of Naples received an inside look at Seminole culture Oct. 20 thanks to their classmate O.B. Osceola III and his sister Bryce Osceola. The duo gave a comprehensive presentation of Seminole history and brought a trove of patchwork, beadwork, sweetgrass baskets, dolls

Ahfachkee robotics team competes in first tournament

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Ahfachkee School robotics team participated in its first tournament Nov. 18 at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale. The tournament, organized by the South Florida FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics League, was attended by more than 20 teams consisting of middle and high school students. “I’m really proud of

Ahfachkee students dig up history

BIG CYPRESS — Moses Jumper’s Big Cypress pasture contains more than just cattle; it also holds the remnants of an old U.S. Army fort from 1855. The Tribal Historic Preservation Office has been excavating the presumed site of Fort Shackleford since 2008 and on Nov. 20 a group of THPO archeologists

National Grandparents Day unites families for lunch and love

BRIGHTON — Though National Grandparents Day was Sept. 10, Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School celebrated the annual event Sept. 29. Although Irma may have been the larger force of nature, there is little question that grandparents can have a significant impact on the lives of their grandchildren. Since 1978, National Grandparents Day has been

FGCU gives Tribal students college preview

FORT MYERS — College life became a close reach on Oct. 17 for students from Pemayetv Emahacv Charter School, Ahfachkee and other local schools attended by Tribal students, as they received a grand tour of Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. The students, ranging from upper-middle schoolers to high school seniors,

PECS inaugurates Student Council, holds clothing contest

BRIGHTON — A new team of leaders took the oath and the reins of the Student Council at Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School Sept. 29. Dressed in their finest patchwork, the 10 newly elected K-8 representatives and council chairwoman put their left hands on the bible, raised their right hands high and

Nutritionist stresses healthy cooking for Tribal members

BIG CYPRESS — Adults are learning how to improve their health by making and eating tasty food. At a cooking class Oct. 11, nutritionist Marianna Nikiforov taught a group of Tribal members how to make a healthy stir fry with chicken and vegetables, but the recipe wasn’t the only thing being

NIEA educators convene in Orlando

ORLANDO — About 1,300 educators from 23 states, representing more than 100 tribes in Indian Country, gathered in Orlando Oct. 4-7 for the 48th Annual National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Convention. The event’s schedule was filled with opportunities for educators to grapple with issues facing Native American students and learn from

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