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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

Hollywood Preschool rings in Christmas

HOLLYWOOD — Hollywood preschoolers rang in the holiday season Dec. 21 with their annual Christmas show. Donning their holiday attire and Christmas cheer, a few dozen three- and four-year-olds showed family and friends what the season is all about. They performed renditions of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” “I Want to be

Hollywood celebrates Tribal Career Development graduates

HOLLYWOOD — Families and friends gathered Dec. 7 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to celebrate Andrew Henry and Sheree Sneed graduating from phase one of the Tribal Career Development program. The TCD program was created to get more Tribal members work experience and obtain positions with Seminole casinos.

Ahfachkee School plans expansion

BIG CYPRESS — The Ahfachkee School will undergo a massive expansion next year with the addition of a new middle and high school building. The two-story 30,000-square foot structure will be built on the site formerly home to a cluster of portable classrooms west of the school’s existing classroom building. Council

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