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Amber Alerts may expand to reservations

Last month, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., introduced new legislation that can assist in solving kidnapping cases on Native American reservations via Amber Alerts. If passed, the legislation, called the “Amber Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017,” will expand the Amber Alert warning system to Tribal reservations. The Department of Justice

Inauguration ceremony held for Council, Board

HOLLYWOOD — The historic Council Oak tree’s strong arms joined with the Seminole Tribe’s backbone June 5 as hundreds of Tribal members witnessed the swearing in ceremony for the Tribal Council and Board. Under a giant white tent at the corner of Stirling Road and U.S. 441 on the Hollywood Reservation, Johnna

Senate committee introduces Native American economic bill

The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) introduced a new bill on May 17 whose backers say will improve capital access, encourage tribal community investment and advance opportunities for Native American businesses. SCIA Chairman John Hoeven, R-N.D., is sponsoring the Indian Economic Enhancement Act of 2017, which amends the Native

Seminole Brighton Casino is ‘Hero of the Year’

BRIGHTON — The Seminole Brighton Casino is not always fun and games. When it comes to giving back to the community, the casino makes it a mission to provide assistance to organizations that need it most. The charitable gestures have not gone unnoticed. Ridge Area Arc of Highlands County awarded Seminole Brighton

Josh Camp marker unveiled in Brighton

BRIGHTON — On June 19, approximately 80 people attended the unveiling of the plaque that marks the historic location of the Josh Camp. This camp was established in 1947 by John Josh, his wife Henley and their son Coleman. Seventy years after the camp was established, members of the Josh family,

Fiscal budget for 2018 may cause tribes to suffer

Despite decades of turmoil in an attempt to obtain full sovereignty, Native American tribes are still at risk of losing necessary resources for survival. With the recent reveal that President Donald Trump’s budget proposal will cut agencies and programs critical to Native American livelihood, the rights of Tribal members throughout

Tribes continue support of Paris Climate Accord

The U.S.’s commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change may have ended, but the commitment in Indian Country is only growing stronger. Despite President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from taking part in the international accord, some tribes and organizations did not follow suit. The National Congress of

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