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Seminole Scenes – October 2019

WARRIOR SUPPORTERS: Mohayla Billie and Allekeao Billie show their support for the Ahfachkee School girls volleyball team during a game against Sheridan Hills Christian School on Sept. 20 in Hollywood. (Photo Kevin Johnson)
SISTERS SEEK SHELTER: Cady Osceola holds her sister Khodie Osceola, 1, tight as they take shelter from a thunderstorm under an umbrella during the Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School swim Olympics at the Brighton pool Sept. 20. Fortunately, the storm passed quickly and the Olympics continued with only a short delay. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
SLOW SPEED AHEAD: Workers use chalk to outline the striped directional arrows on the newly installed speed bumps near the Brighton administration building Sept. 20. Three speed bumps have been installed on a stretch of Harney Pond Road. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
HONORING NATIVE AMERICANS: Victor “Long River” Mooney, a descendant of the Carnasee Tribe in Brooklyn and president of the H.R. 1242 Resilience Project, honors Native Americans that gave refuge to runaway slaves during a ceremony at House of Slaves, a UNESCO designated site on Goree Island, Senegal, in August. Here, at Door of No Return, he pays homage to Native Americans that gave refuge to enslaved Africans in the United States while holding a cypress walking stick he received from the Seminole Tribe of Florida during a visit to the Tribe. The project seeks to honor Native Americans that gave refuge to runaway slaves – commemorating the “400 Years of African American History Commission Act.” “You can’t honor the 400 years without recognizing the contributions that Native Americans made to the enslaved Africans,” Mooney said. (Photo GC Media)
PATRIOTIC PARADE: The Celebrate America Parade passes in front of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on Sept. 7. Hard Rock was a major sponsor of the parade, which featured a 1.4-mile-long route and included several first responders. Spectators were encouraged to bring American flags, lawn chairs and blankets to watch the family-friendly parade. (Photo Hard Rock Atlantic City/Facebook)
TAKING SHAPE: Construction continues on the new Betty Mae Jumper Medical Center on the Hollywood Reservation. The facility will be two stories tall and 40,000 square feet. It’s located near the clubhouse on Seminole Estates. Here’s what the building looked like on Sept. 25. Construction began in January and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2020. (Photo Damon Scott)
CALIFORNIA TRIBE OFFICIALS VISIT NLC: At left, the chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians, Robert H. Smith sits with Native Learning Center deputy executive director Kyle Doney in a conference room Sept. 23. Smith and members of his staff visited the Seminole Tribe’s NLC in Hollywood to learn how they can start a similar operation within their own tribe. The Pala Indian Reservation is located in the middle San Luis Rey River Valley in northern San Diego County, California. (Photo Damon Scott)
from left, are Doney, NLC executive director Georgette Palmer Smith, Pala Tribe executive director of housing Annalee Trujillo, Pala Tribe IT specialist Rachel Graham, Chairman Smith and NLC compliance and resource development director Vincent Franco. (Photo Damon Scott)