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Teacher profile: Lorene Gopher

By Kathryn Stolarz BRIGHTON — Lorene Gopher has been fighting to preserve “a dying language” for more than 30 years, and she’s not giving up. Every weekday, Brighton’s Cultural program director arrives at Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School to teach Creek, and although she’s discouraged at times, she’s seen progress among the youth

Tribe wins division in Hawaiian basketball tournament

By Kathryn Stolarz KANEOHE, Hawaii — The Seminole Tribe of Florida took first prize in their division at a Hawaiian basketball tournament last month. The third annual Hawaiian Way Fund Basketball Tournament, from Oct. 5-7, pitted the Seminoles against two local teams and one from North Dakota in the 35-and-up division. It

Brandtley Osceola completes high school football career

By Kathryn Stolarz HOLLYWOOD — Brandtley Osceola went out with a bang. Leading Hollywood Christian’s football team through its first season in years, the senior made the last game his best. The Hollywood Tribal member “was all over the field” at the away game against Miami Christian on Oct. 5, coach Joel

Teacher profile: Rebecca ‘Sue’ Tiger

By Kathryn Stolarz BIG CYPRESS — Teacher Rebecca “Sue” Tiger wears the veteran’s hat at Ahfachkee. She recently started her 30th year teaching at the Big Cypress school and has witnessed a lot of growth on the reservation throughout the years. “I remember they told me when I first came to fill up

Boys & Girls Club attendance increases

By Kathryn Stolarz The Seminole Boys & Girls Club experienced a growth spurt in attendance and expanded its facilities because of it. The club, ranked among the top five Native American Boys & Girls Clubs in the world, encourages positive social interaction and leadership skills among youth and gives them a safe,

College Horizons experts help student prepare application

By Kathryn Stolarz PHILADELPHIA — Tribal youth Neyom Osceola recently expanded the Tribe’s horizons as the first Seminole to attend a prestigious pre-college workshop in its nearly 15 years of existence. College Horizons is a rigorous, six-day college prep course for Native American high school sophomores and juniors from around the nation.

Tribal members tune in to London Olympic Games

By Kathryn Stolarz The 2012 London Olympics captivated much of the world’s attention, and Seminoles were no exception. Chairman James E. Billie was among many Tribal members who tuned in to catch the action from July 27 to Aug. 12. About 10,500 athletes from 204 countries competed for 2,100 medals on the

Tribal youth excel in basketball

Basketball is a popular sport on the reservation and a healthy hobby for Tribal youth. DeForest Carter and Courtney Osceola are a couple of Tribal role models who continue to play while striving for academic excellence in college.   DeForest Carter As a kid growing up in Big Cypress, DeForest Carter loved playing