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Miss Florida Seminole to build bond with Ainu people

HOLLYWOOD — Durante Blais-Billie hit the ground running after she was crowned Miss Florida Seminole July 27. She’s already appeared at many Tribal events, programs, a symposium and the grand opening of the Guitar Hotel. She recently appeared at Florida State University’s Homecoming, too. That’s just a taste. As part of her

Domestic violence awareness programs held in Big Cypress

By Cherrah GilesDevelopment Associate, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum BIG CYPRESS — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Big Cypress Reservation hosted two awareness events at To-Pee-Kee-Ke Yak-Ne on Oct. 11 to commemorate the month. The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum presented the first event to kick-off its 2020 Lecture Series. The day opened with a prayer from

Diabetes program funding for Native Americans finds some life

Native American health care advocates are breathing a little easier now that a crucial federal diabetes program has been funded – at least for the short term. Temporary funding was secured for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) after President Donald Trump singed a “continuing resolution” (CR) Sept. 27 that

‘Patchwork Mosaic: An Indigenous Gathering of Seminole Masterworks’ exhibit to open Nov. 15

FORT LAUDERDALE — History Fort Lauderdale will shine a spotlight on the significant contributions of local Native American artists during Native American Heritage Month in November. "Patchwork Mosaic: An Indigenous Gathering of Seminole Masterworks" featuring a retrospective of contemporary and traditional fine art from Elgin Jumper, Jessica Osceola, Gordon Oliver Wareham,

Okalee Village holds soft opening

Billy Walker wrestles an alligator at Okalee Village on Oct. 22. (Photo Analicia Austin) Donna Frank poses in front of her table of handmade baskets, Seminole dolls and a Singer sewing machine during a soft opening of Okalee Village on Oct. 22 in Hollywood. Okalee will feature Seminole culture and history