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Seminole Scenes: October 2021

GAMING EXPO: From left, Chairman Marcellus W. Osceola Jr., Hollywood Councilman Chris Osceola, Hard Rock International Chairman and Seminole Gaming CEO Jim Allen and Brighton Councilman Larry Howard attend the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas in early October. Jim Shore, the Tribal Council’s general counsel, was inducted into the American Gaming Association’s hall of fame during the event. (Photo Damon Scott)
DREAM TEAM: Hollywood Reservation brothers Spencer Battiest, left, and Doc Battiest are up for an American Indian Film Festival Award. Their “Dream” song, the first they’ve done together in a decade, was released in March. It is one of five nominees for AIFF’s Best Music Video. The video was directed by Adam Conte. The virtual festival runs Nov. 5-13. For more information and to see the awards ceremony and festival, go to (Courtesy photo)
HOMECOMING ROYALTY: Moore Haven High School senior football player Jaytron Baker, from the Brighton Reservation, had a busy night Oct. 6. In addition to playing against Immokalee, Baker was also named homecoming king during the school’s ceremony. Gloria Rico won homecoming queen honors. (Lauren Gonzalez Mathis/Facebook)
FLORIDA FALL FOLIAGE: A sure sign of fall in Florida is the annual blooming of the Helianthus agrestis, or southeastern sunflower, such as this one in Big Cypress. The bright yellow wildflower plant prefers direct sunshine, so it is commonly found in or near fields, pastures or on the sides of roads throughout the state. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN: In preparation for Halloween, some homes on the Hollywood Reservation were decorated with scary and/or fun displays. The reservation held a home decorating contest and pumpkin contest. (Photo Damon Scott)
FESTIVE FESTIVAL: The dates for the 74th annual Chalo Nitka Festial & Rodeo are set. The community event will be held March 4 and March 5, 2022, at Chalo Nitka Park in Moore Haven; kids day is March 4. The celebration dates back to 1948. Seminole culture has been a big part of the event. Seminoles, including Mingo Jones in 2017 (above), have participated in the parade. Chalo Nitka means “big bass” in Creek. For vendor information email (File photo)
WHISPERING GIANT: Almost 40 years after it was first dedicated in 1983 at the DC Alexander Park in Fort Lauderdale, this 30-foot sculpture carved from cypress faces east toward Fort Lauderdale Beach on A1A. The sculpture was the 44th of more than 50 created by artist Peter Wolf Toth. It is part of Toth’s “Trail of Whispering Giants,” designed to honor Native American tribes across the U.S., including the Seminole and Miccosukee tribes in Florida. (Photo Damon Scott)
FIREFIGHTER FOOD: In tribute to Firefighter Appreciation Month in September, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek delivered lunch to the Coconut Creek Fire Rescue Department. (Seminole Casino Coconut Creek)