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Wildland firefighters from Indian Country train in BC, Brighton

BIG CYPRESS — Forestry firefighters fight fire with fire to prevent large wildfires from spreading out of control. Wildland firefighters from all over Indian Country have been busy setting fires in Big Cypress and Brighton to practice their skills and learn new ones. The program began in 1994 when Big Cypress

Vacant Stone Beads building demolished

BRIGHTON — The corner of Reservation and Harney Pond Roads was once the hub of Tribal activity in Brighton. A convenience store owned first by Ollie and Shula Jones and then by Joe Lester and Julie John stood at the prime location and was the only store on the res. The

Brighton casino opens table games

BRIGHTON — The year is off to a promising start for Brighton, as the Seminole Brighton Casino introduced live table games Jan. 30, a venture expected to increase patron experience and revenue. The addition includes six tables in front of the casino’s bar as well as screens for spectators to watch.

NCLGS meeting discusses new technology, casino safety

MIAMI — Conversations about gaming made their way outside of casinos from Jan. 5-7, as legislators and gaming company representatives from around the U.S. gathered in Miami for the National Council of Legislators From Gaming States (NCLGS) winter meeting. Approximately 40 legislators and more than 100 guests attended the conference, representing

Hollywood to host Tribal Fair and Pow Wow

HOLLYWOOD — Hollywood is about to welcome hundreds of Indian Country’s most talented dancers and drummers to the 47th annual Seminole Tribal Fair and Pow Wow. Dressed in their finest regalia, participants will compete for their share of the $150,000 prize purse from Feb. 9 to 11 at Hard Rock

Women in gaming aim to break glass ceiling

MIAMI — At the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) meeting Jan. 5 in Miami, guests attended a special discussion focused on how more women can break the glass ceiling and what states can do to assist those efforts. Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive vice president of public policy

Salacoa has record-breaking fall sale

Salacoa Valley Farms broke records at its fall sale in November 2017 when 109 buyers from nine states, Mexico and Australia bought more than 400 bulls and heifers. It was the Georgia ranch’s largest bull sale and the largest sale of female Brangus the breed has seen anywhere. Owned by the

Coeur d’Alene member Paulette Jordan running for Idaho governor seat

The U.S. could soon see its first Native American state governor in 2018. Paulette Jordan, a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and a Democrat in the Idaho House of Representatives, announced Dec. 7 that she will run for governor of Idaho. If elected, she will be the first female governor

Big Cypress RV Resort fills up for winter

BIG CYPRESS — The snowbirds have come home to roost at the Big Cypress RV Resort and Campground; the number of RVs at the campground is a sure sign of winter. The nip in the air doesn’t bother these guests, who hail from places where snow is a common sight including