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Brighton girls soar at FGCU Eagles volleyball clinic

FORT MYERS — Florida Gulf Coast University’s Alico Arena is home to the Eagles, but on June 7, more than 50 Seminole girls from Brighton moved into the ‘Nest’ for an intense volleyball clinic. The Tribe has had a long partnership with the university in Fort Myers, including sports camps and

Amber Alerts may expand to reservations

Last month, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., introduced new legislation that can assist in solving kidnapping cases on Native American reservations via Amber Alerts. If passed, the legislation, called the “Amber Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017,” will expand the Amber Alert warning system to Tribal reservations. The Department of Justice

History comes to life at PECS culture days

BRIGHTON — For students at Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School (PECS), culture days are more like living history than studying it. By participating in the traditional Seminole camp, students couldn’t help but learn what their ancestors did on a daily basis just to survive. Seventh- and eighth-graders stepped back in time May 23

4-H wraps up year with banquet

BIG CYPRESS — The annual Seminole Indian 4-H banquet celebrates the accomplishments of its youth and livestock owners, but this year, the May 23 banquet in Big Cypress also served as a farewell to longtime 4-H coordinator Polly Hayes. For 21 years, Hayes nurtured, mentored and taught scores of 4-H kids

High school seniors receive signing day ceremonies

College Signing Day, a national event that lets high school seniors publicly announce their choice of college, was celebrated tribal wide May 5 with festivities in Big Cypress, Brighton, Immokalee and Hollywood. Sponsored by the Center for Student Success and Services, the event was streamed live on Seminole Media Production’s

PECS student Charlie Armstrong spells for sovereignty

BRIGHTON — Language is a core component of culture. For some members of the Seminole Tribe, this particular component is the Creek language, and one student has dedicated a large part of his life to understanding its significance. Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School sixth-grader Charlie Armstrong won first place in the school’s

Community walks to raise child abuse awareness

HOLLYWOOD — While some wear the color blue as a fashion choice, last month tribal members wore blue as a way to raise awareness about child abuse. On May 4, members of the Center for Behavioral Health hosted the annual Child Abuse Awareness Walk, sporting blue T-shirts and pin wheels as they

Egmont Key named endangered historic site

Egmont Key, the island where captured Seminoles were warehoused before being sent to Oklahoma during the Seminole Wars in the mid-1800s, was deemed by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the state’s 11 most endangered historical sites. The designation came May 18 at the Florida Preservation Conference

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