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Seminole Scenes — June 2019

BC WELCOME: Big Cypress Councilman Mondo Tiger greets country music artist Gary Allan on May 11 before Allan’s performance at the 124th Big Cypress Anniversary Celebration at the Junior Cypress Rodeo Grounds. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
SEMINOLE STRONG: A group of Tribal member employees gather outside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood on April 29 during a break from a meeting. From left, Quenton Cypress, Tribal Historic Preservation Office community engagement manager; Cleofas Yzaguirre, Immokalee Youth Agriculture Ranch director; Michael Gentry, Okalee acting general manager; Leoma Poore, Treasurer’s executive assistant; Aaron Tommie, Advanced Career Development participant; Sunshine Frank, Seminole Media Productions broadcasting manager; Jacob Osceola, Big Cypress Wildlife manager; Lee Zepeda, executive director of Administration; LaVonne Rose, Tribal secretary; and Derrick Smith, Tribal Community Development senior director of operations. (Photo Matheus Goes)
PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY: Land is being cleared so construction may commence in the near future for a new Trading Post on the Immokalee Reservation. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
REMEMBERING HERMAN L. OSCEOLA: Trophies and backpacks were among the prizes awarded to teams at the 34th annual Herman L. Osceola Memorial Basketball Tournament in March in Big Cypress. U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Osceola, from Big Cypress, died at age 23 on March 24, 1984, in a helicopter crash during a military training exercise in South Korea. Seventeen other U.S. Marines and 11 South Koreans also died in the tragedy. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
INDOOR CHICKEE: Immokalee Preschool Center manager Michelle Ford and Big Cypress Board Rep. Joe Frank huddle in the chickee which the preschoolers walked through May 1 on their way down the aisle for the preschool graduation. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
PECKIN’ AWAY: A red-bellied woodpecker pecks at a tree outside Sadie’s on the Big Cypress Reservation on May 6. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
RISE AND SHINE: Workers descend on the south side of the new guitar-shaped hotel being built at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood on May 8. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
BABY LOVE: Susan Davis hoists her niece Jhene Baker, 6 months old, into the air in a show of auntie-love before the program begins at the Immokalee Preschool graduation on May 1. (Photo Beverly Bidney)