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Florida fire season in full blaze

It is fire season in Florida and 2017 is proving to be one of the driest. Since early March hot spots have been erupting all over Southwest Florida, including in Naples, Immokalee and Big Cypress. The dry season typically goes from November through April, but the winter La Nina weather pattern,

Best in taste: Public Works wins drinking water awards

They are separated by more than 100 miles and draw their water from different sources, but the Seminole Tribe’s water treatment plants on the Brighton and Hollywood reservations shared one common attribute in March: champions. Both plants captured regional awards for best tasting drinking water, adding to an ever-growing list of

Ahfachkee students do their part to save sea turtles

A group of Ahfachkee students fulfilled their promise to the Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys on April 10 when they presented the facility with a check for $487.01. The students raised the money through a Valentine’s Day bake sale. Ten students, including members of the Student Council, along with a

Water Warriors program showcases history, culture, concern

BIG CYPRESS — The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum commemorated the 47th Earth Day with a Water Warriors program that focused on water issues. The Tribe’s connection to water and the Everglades took center stage at the Big Cypress event April 22. "The Tribe’s relationship to water is amazing," said Paul Backhouse, director of

New homes debut in Immokalee

IMMOKALEE — The keys to brand new homes on Alice Jimmie Circle in Immokalee were officially handed over March 15 to seven families who had been waiting years for a home on the reservation. “This is a step in the right direction and it took a lot of people to make

Cattle drive evokes fond memories of Morgan Smith

BIG CYPRESS — On horseback and in buggies, dozens of Tribal and non-Tribal cowboys relished the experience of the 21st annual Junior Cypress Cattle Drive on March 18 in Big Cypress. The event was a tribute to Honorary Trail Boss Morgan Smith, one of the six original trustees of the cattle

Hard Rock buys former Trump Taj Mahal

The iconic Hard Rock guitar will take its place on Atlantic City’s famed boardwalk sometime next summer. Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, purchased the former Trump Taj Mahal from investor and business magnate Carl Icahn. Scheduled to close March 31, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Wildfire forces evacuation of Naples field office

NAPLES — A 7,500-acre wildfire in Picayune Strand State Forest prompted the evacauation of the Seminole Tribe’s Naples field office March 7. Emergency personnel removed Tribal assets and valuables from the office the next day. “Yesterday we couldn’t smell the smoke, but now we can and the ash is all over

Edward Aguilar earns gaming management certification

IMMOKALEE — Edward Aguilar Sr. is passionate about every aspect of the gaming industry. As the assistant director of slot operations at the Seminole Casino in Immokalee and a graduate of Seminole Gaming’s Tribal Career Development program, he continues to sharpen his professional development. Aguilar earned a gaming management certificate from

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