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NICWA trains STOF employees on child welfare

MIAMI BEACH — The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) made its way to Miami Beach from Dec. 5-7 to train employees from the Seminole Tribe of Florida and others throughout the nation about the importance of Indian child welfare. The training focused on the history and regulation of the Indian Child

Lake Okeechobee Watershed Project concerns Tribal members

BRIGHTON —  A presentation made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District on Nov. 28 left the Brighton Reservation community in an uproar over the federal agency’s  plans to potentially place a large part of the Lake Okeechobee Watershed (LOW) Project within 1,000 feet of Tribal lands in

Lisa Osceola takes the helm at EIRA

For the first time, the Eastern Indian Rodeo Association has a female president. Lisa Osceola was elected at the EIRA annual awards banquet this summer. Osceola is no stranger to the rodeo. The daughter of Josiah Johns, an Indian National Finals Rodeo Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Florida Indian

USA Today features Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

BIG CYPRESS — USA Today gave the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum an early Christmas present this year, featuring the museum on the company’s list of “Great places to honor the original Americans.” The list also features Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks in Ohio, Connecticut’s Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Spiro

FSU homecoming was banner day for Tribe

Justin Motlow makes history with touchdown catch TALLAHASSEE —  As Justin Motlow answered questions from the media, the Florida State University senior talked about his first college touchdown catch and the ensuing euphoric reaction it generated from his teammates, but central to Motlow’s postgame comments was a bigger picture: his appreciation for

Tribalwide housing plan unveiled

More than 1,500 acres of land in Brighton, Big Cypress, Hollywood, Immokalee and Lakeland will sprout new housing units in the not too distant future, thanks to the Tribalwide housing plan. The plan is in the design and engineering phase and should be complete by September 2018, the end of

USET/USET SPF honors Howard Tommie

CHEROKEE, N.C. — Former Seminole Tribe Chairman Howard Tommie was honored Oct. 9 at the 2017 annual meeting of United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc., (USET) and USET Sovereignty Protection Fund (USET SPF), held within the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians homelands. Tommie’s family accepted gifts from USET Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman

Towering Hard Rock project starts to rise

HOLLYWOOD — When people hear ‘Hollywood,’ they might first think of the city in California, but the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida plans to change that. In an official announcement event on Oct. 25, Hard Rock International Chairman and Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen announced that the