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Gordon Wareham steps down from Gaming Commission

HOLLYWOOD — For someone who wasn’t even among the top choices for a seat on the Seminole Tribal Gaming Commission, Gordon “Ollie” Wareham made the most of his opportunity as a commissioner. When Wareham was asked to join the commission in 2004 he was told he wasn’t the first or second

Big Cypress expresses gratitude in storm’s aftermath

BIG CYPRESS – The Seminole spirit of hospitality remained strong in the wake of Hurricane Irma. To show gratitude to Glades Electric Cooperative linemen, the Senior Center treated the workers to a hearty lunch Sept. 22 in the air conditioned facility. “It was the community showing appreciation to the individuals who

Battiest brothers reflect on VMA win

Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, Seminole Tribe brothers Spencer and Zack “Doc” Battiest and seven other Native American artists won an MTV Video Music Award (VMA) Aug. 27 for the “Stand Up / Stand N Rock” music video. The group, dubbed the Magnificent Seven by Taboo, is comprised of Spencer

Seminole Tribe receives $63,873 historic preservation grant

Hard work does not always go unnoticed. Because of the efforts put forth by the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office, the Tribe is set to receive $63,873 in a historic preservation grant from the National Park Service, a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior. U.S. Deputy

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum prepares for 20th American Indian Arts Celebration

BIG CYPRESS — Nestled in between Naples and Fort Lauderdale lies the opportunity for Native Americans throughout the country to unite. The Big Cypress Reservation’s Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum has received national recognition for its initiatives, and the 20th annual American Indian Arts Celebration is expected to only add to its well-known

Native American Voting Rights Coalition to hold hearings

With growing concerns over voter suppression and voting rights violations, the Native American Voting Rights Coalition will be holding several field hearings in upcoming months across Indian Country. The goal of the hearings is to identify and document the obstacles indigenous voters continue to face. The first hearing was held

Cattle sale draws hundreds of buyers, sellers from Southeast

BRIGHTON — Creating a sea of cowboy hats, more than 250 ranchers from Florida and around the country crammed into the Florida Seminole Veterans Building on Aug. 31 hoping to buy or sell the perfect heifers at the Cattle Country Commercial Replacement Sale in Brighton. By the end of the day,

Agencies unite to handle Hurricane Irma

HOLLYWOOD — Hurricane Irma stormed into Florida as a category 4 on Sept. 10 leaving nearly 16 million people, including Seminoles, without power and hundreds in a crisis situation. For some Seminole reservations, the storm’s impact was mild, but for others the damage proved hazardous as Tribal members endured days

Hurricane Irma hits reservations

Hurricane Irma was a most unwelcome guest as it roared over Immokalee, Big Cypress, Hollywood, Brighton and the rest of the state Sept. 10-11. It was the first direct hit from a major hurricane to Florida since Hurricane Wilma in 2005 and the first Category 4 to hit since Hurricane

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