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Miccosukee gaming revenue up for federal taxation

Attorney vows Supreme Court appeal In a published decision June 4, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed a trial judge’s previous decision that the federal government could collect taxes from Native American tribal casinos and from tribal members who receive disbursements from those casinos. “When an Indian tribe

Tampa Hard Rock in midst of massive expansion

Officials look to mid-2019 completion There’s another Florida Hard Rock operation that has been making some big news lately. While the huge guitar-shaped hotel at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood keeps taking shape and changing the skyline – another significant Hard Rock expansion in Tampa has been underway. The Seminole

Natives call for Lolita’s return

A 16-foot totem pole depicting the orca Tokitae made its way from Bellingham, Washington, to Miami in May, pausing at many stops along the way, including at Big Cypress. The totem was part of a trek of Lummi Nation tribal leaders, tribal members and their supporters – including some Seminole and

Alex Johns named Florida Cattlemen’s Association president

Johns is first Native American to lead the organization ORLANDO — A new chapter has been added to the Seminole Tribe’s storied history in the cattle industry. Tribal member Alex Johns was named president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association at its annual convention June 21 in Orlando. Johns is the first Native

The bash was a smash

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach to have big economic impact, officials say The grand opening of the new Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach brought out a formidable crowd May 1 to enjoy music, the sound of ocean waves and guitars smashing. Part of the Hard Rock and Seminole Tribe tradition is to

Army Corps reveals new Lake Okeechobee Watershed Project plan

The Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project, an initiative developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District to improve the watershed surrounding Lake Okeechobee, met strong criticism with its original plan to build a reservoir along the northeast border of the Brighton Reservation. After months of debate from Tribal

Ahfachkee digs into expansion, renovations

BIG CYPRESS — The Ahfachkee School in Big Cypress officially began construction on April 4 for its expansion and renovation. The two-story, 30,000-square-foot expansion, which will include a new middle and high school building, will be completed in two phases. The first phase is construction of the new building and the

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