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Tribe celebrates Thanksgiving

Amy Garza, Clarissa Garza, Allison Concepcion, and Krystal Rodriguez surround Dolores Lopez at the Immokalee Thanksgiving feast Nov. 15. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
Cali Osceola, 5, and her father Maverick Osceola show off this year’s Big Cypress Thanksgiving T-shirt at the BC Thanksgiving party. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
Janice Osceola is ready to dig into the Thanksgiving feast in Big Cypress. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
Leighton Jim, 12, and his dad Lenny Jim pose proudly in their patchwork at the Big Cypress Thanksgiving event. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
Rudy Osceola and his grandson Rowdy Osceola enjoy a game of Bingo before the BC Thanksgiving feast was served. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
Maggie Porter, center, displays the Michael Kors tote she just won in a raffle at the seniors Thanksgiving party in BC. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
Martha Jones examines the skirt she won in a raffle during the Seniors Thanksgiving soiree. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
Justin and Vanessa Garza with their children Anthony, 3, Makayla, 2 and Savannah, 2 months in the stroller, arrive at the Immokalee community Thanksgiving celebration. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
Ray Yzaguirre III, Allen McInturff, Angelica Hinojosa, Kaila Ponce and Jorge Ponce enjoy the company at the Immokalee Thanksgiving event. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
These siblings show that receiving gifts can be a lot of fun at the tribalwide seniors Thanksgiving party in Big Cypress. Cornelia Osceola shows off the skirt she won in a raffle as her brother Samuel Osceola holds a pie server given out by Seminole Fire Rescue Department. (Photo Beverly Bidney)
Beverly Bidney
Beverly Bidney has been a reporter and photographer for The Seminole Tribune since 2012. During her career, she has worked at various newspapers around the country including the Muskogee Phoenix in Oklahoma, Miami Herald, Associated Press, USA Today and other publications nationwide. A NAJA award winning journalist, she has covered just about everything over the years and is an advocate for a strong press. Contact her at

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