Betty Mae Jumper Honored

By Dan McDonald

Charles Hires, Sandra Mortham, Betty Mae Jumper and Tom FoucheORLANDO - Dr. Betty Mae Jumper was honored with a 1998 Outstanding Women Achievement Award presented by the Women's Business Council at its annual banquet here, March 12.

Florida Secretary of State Sandra B. Mortham presented the awards, which recognize women for their contribution to society and the state of Florida. In presenting the award to the Seminole Tribune founder, Mortham praised Betty Mae as a "true pioneer who worked tirelessly to make her reservation and community a better place to live." (continue...)

Tribal Council Business As Usual

By E. Bowers

Councilman David CypressHOLLYWOOD- Specialty cigarettes, an addition to the Brighton Library, proposed billboards in Candlelight Park, and a renewal of the Tribe's $2 million line of credit were among the topics of discussion as the Seminole Tribal Council convened on Friday, March 13. (continue...)

Anti-Gaming Sovereignty

The Debate Rages

By Charles Flowers

WASHINGTON D.C. - As promised, Congress has declared open season on Indian sovereignty, and at the same time blocked the Secretary of Interior from mediating gaming compacts with states like Florida that refuse to negotiate with tribes like the Seminoles.

The battle - which affects the prime source of Seminole Tribal revenue - should rage on through the spring and summer. But the first key skirmish occurred at a public hearing here March 11 on an anti-sovereignty bill introduced by Sen. Slade Gorton (R-WA). (continue...)

Color Guard Opens Legislature

By E. Bowers

Color Guard opens the 1998 Florida Legislative Session.TALLAHASSEE - The Seminole Tribe of Florida Color Guard opened the 1998 Florida Legislative Session in grand style on March 3.

The Color Guard led a procession of veterans and current servicemen onto the floor of the Florida House. Tribal members Stephen Bowers, Paul Bowers Sr. and Dan Bowers carried in the flags of the Seminole Tribe, the United States of America and the State of Florida. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the Seminole Guard marched from the Chambers. (continue...)

Indian Secret Released To Winn-Dixie

Cleaner comes in convenient pocket size can.CONYERS, GA - Chief Jim Billie and his entourage invaded the Atlanta metropolitan area this weekend. But this time, instead of fighting a war to regain the Georgia territory he says the Indians once owned, the Seminole Chairman merely strummed his guitar - and did his best to advertise his unique household cleaning products - at two Winn Dixie Marketplace parking lot concerts. (continue...)