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Seminole Scenes: January 2022

HASKELL HOOPS: A few Seminoles attended the men’s basketball game between Haskell Indian Nations University and Keiser University on Jan. 8 in West Palm Beach. Above, Chelsea Mountain and her son Jaycon Billie watch the action. Mountain is a former Haskell student who was a standout basketball player at American Heritage in Plantation. Jaycon also plays basketball. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
INDIGENOUS CONVERSATION: Cheyenne Kippenberger – a former Miss Indian World and Miss Florida Seminole – will be part of the Voice and Visibility Women’s Summit, a virtual event that runs from March 4 to April 3. “Elevating Indigenous Women: A Conversation with Ashley Callingbull and Cheyenne Kippenberger” is scheduled to premiere March 4. Callingbull is a model, actress and First Nation’s activist from Enoch Cree Nation in Alberta, Canada. Summit speakers also include Scout Bassett, Tiffany Dufu, Gloria Steinem, Aisha Nyandoro, Luz Corcuera and Mercedes Soler. According to the Summit’s website, the event “is designed to empower women, expand networks and opportunities, and elevate the voices of diverse women.” (VVMS)
HAPPY FACES: Employees show their enthusiasm with the opening of a Hard Rock Cafe on the southern tip of Malaysia. Hard Rock Cafe Puteri Harbour opened in December 2021. It is located along the Straits of Johar, which serves as the border between Malaysia and Singapore. (Hard Rock)
NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: ESPN’s College GameDay set up in front of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Dec. 31, 2021, for the football semifinal between Michigan and Georgia. Champion wrestler Bill Goldberg, a former Georgia player, joined the crew. (Hard Rock Stadium)
GET READY KIDS: The tribe’s new preschool/administration office facility is to be situated near the Betty Mae Jumper Medical Center on the Hollywood Reservation. Construction is scheduled to begin in July 2023. The Guitar Hotel can be seen in the background to the right. (Photo Damon Scott)
BC BIRD: An egret soars above the Big Cypress Reservation in December. (Photo Beverly Bidney)