HOLLYWOOD - The Seminole Tribe has officially entered the global market with the opening of the Marketplace, a portion of the Tribe's World Wide Web Home Page where various products can be purchased by credit card.
Teresa Robotham, the Seminole Tribe's Web Master, announced that the marketplace is now fully operational, allowing people from around the world to buy items produced by the Tribe.
"We've been working for some time at getting the safeguards in place for using credit cards over the net," Robotham said. "We now have the same safeguards that are commonly used by all on-line vending services.
"People demand to know that their credit card purchases are secure, and we had to make certain that we could provide that level of service. We also had to build safeguards for the Tribe's computer system. Now, we're ready to meet the demands of the users of the world wide web."
Currently, the first products available through the Marketplace are Chief James Billies' music and subscriptions to The Seminole Tribune. In fact, a subscription to the Tribune became the Tribe's first 'Cyber Plaza' sale.
The Chief's albums - available in CD and cassette - are Big Alligator and Old Ways. His album Native Son is available on cassette and a video.
While still in the planning stages, future items that may be added to the market place include arts and crafts, clothing, food products, books, reservations to Tribal enterprises and tickets for special events.
To use the Marketplace, visit the Tribe's home page at: http://www.seminoletribe.com. Click on the Marketplace and fill out the sales form. If anyone has any questions or comments, they can E-mail them to Teresa Robotham a firstname.lastname@example.org.