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Jack Hanna goes ‘Into the Wild’ at Billie Swamp

BIG CYPRESS — The Billie Swamp Safari was a little more wild than usual April 5 as wildlife advocate Jack Hanna visited the Safari to film an upcoming episode of “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild.” Hanna, accompanied by his wife, Suzi, daughters Kathaleen Hanna Stephenson and Julie Hanna, and grandchildren Jack

7,000-year-old burial site found in Manasota Key

About two years ago, a diver looking for shark teeth bit off a little more than he could chew in Manasota Key. About a quarter-mile off the key, local diver Joshua Frank found a human jaw. After eventually realizing that he had a skeletal centerpiece sitting on his kitchen table, Frank

Seminole shootout hits its mark in Immokalee

IMMOKALEE — About 2,000 history buffs, tourists, school children and boy scouts from all over the state showed up in Immokalee March 2 and 3 to learn a little bit about Seminole history by watching a reenactment of the Seminole Wars. The Seminole Shootout Battle Reenactment, which began in Big Cypress

National Folk Museum of Korea researches Seminole dolls

HOLLYWOOD — An honored Native American tradition is moving beyond the horizon of the U.S. On March 14, a team of researchers from the National Folk Museum of Korea visited the Hollywood Reservation to learn about the history and culture surrounding Seminole dolls. The museum, based in Gyeongbokgung Palace in South

Hollywood Hard Rock shares love for music with local organization

HOLLYWOOD — The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood is sharing its love for music with those who need it most in the South Florida Community. On March 20, the Hollywood hotel received a $5,000 grant from Hard Rock International’s Hard Rock Heals Foundation to donate the funds to a

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