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‘7th Generation’ film faces pain, ushers in healing nationwide

A partnership between the Seminole Tribe’s Native Driven Network, under Seminole Media Productions (SMP), and Warrior Society Development Productions, is reaping praise at film festivals and university screenings nationwide. “7th Generation” explores a late 19th century prophesy by the legendary Lakota Medicine Man and spiritual leader Black Elk. The 45-minute film

Tribalwide presentations reveal 7th Generation Project mission

Actor and former NFL player Jim Warne made careers of playing in front of cameras, but when the Oglala Lakota member stood in the Seminole spotlight recently, he revealed another passion. "It’s about enlightenment. Most people have no clue about Native American history or what is happening today," said Warne, founder

Crowds come out for 22nd annual American Indian Arts Celebration

BIG CYPRESS — Nearly 2,000 visitors enjoyed the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum’s American Indian Arts Celebration in Big Cypress Nov. 1 and 2, the second highest attendance in its 22-year history. More than 600 students from about 13 schools in central, southwest and south Florida filled the museum grounds during the celebration’s first

Archery hits the mark at Ahfachkee School

BIG CYPRESS — The ancient sport of archery has come to the Ahfachkee School as part of its physical education classes and the 21st Century afterschool program and students are eager to learn the skill. Big Cypress wildlife manager Jake Osceola teaches the after school program along with teachers Gualberto Mollings

‘60s babes’ hula happily into seventh decade

BIG CYPRESS — Sixty never looked younger than when seven Big Cypress childhood girlfriends hula danced before a crowd Jan. 23 to celebrate 420 collective years of happy birthdays. With shimmying hips and gracefully raised arms in the barn at the Junior Cypress Rodeo Arena grounds, they sent a message amid

Brighton Red Barn: Back in the saddle again

BRIGHTON — The historic Red Barn, abandoned and covered with vines for decades, flashed back to its agrarian past on Jan. 26 when cowboys herding cattle and horses, a hayride, a barbecue and the sounds of country western music once again filled the air amid blue skies, green pastures and

Smallwood Store: developers want to move road

CHOKOLOSKEE — One thing that Lynn Smallwood-McMillin can’t get out of her mind is the unfairness of it all. “If a Circuit Court Judge ordered you or I or just about anybody on the street to do something and we openly defied the order, why, we would go right to jail

Showdown at the Collier County Courthouse

NAPLES — In a stunning victory for Old Florida, historic preservation and the right of Floridians to protect their neighborhoods, Collier County Circuit Judge Hugh Hayes ordered big time out-of-town developers Florida Georgia Grove, LLC (FGG) and its mortgage-holding TD Bank sidekicks to restore public access to tiny Chokoloskee’s historic