Dexter Lehtinen, general counsel for the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida Indians, is one of the most powerful lawyers in South Florida. He is married to U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who employed a somewhat inexperienced politician by the name of Jeb Bush to run her 1988 congressional campaign. She won. Lehtinen served as an Army lieutenant in Vietnam, where he was wounded by shrapnel. He still speaks in military terms, and carries scars on his face from that experience. His resume also includes an MBA from Columbia and a J.D. degree from Stanford University - he graduated first in his class in 1975. He is a former state legislator and U.S. attorney from the Miami District, where he earned a reputation as a tough prosecutor before taking up the Miccosukees' cause in 1992. This year, his firm Lehtinen and O'Donnell, has notched some major victories for the Tribe, both in the courts and Congress. And he has begun to negotiate the stickiest issue for both the Miccosukee and Seminole Tribes - a gaming compact with the State of Florida. Recently he spoke with reporter Charles Flowers in Miami. (continue...)
BIG CYPRESS - "He'd be proud," said Jacob Osceola about the late Roy Nash Osceola as he surveyed the Veterans Day Celebration crowd in the B.C. Entertainment Complex. (continue...)
OKEECHOBEE - Brighton's Perrie Whidden has one more stop in her yearlong reign as Miss Rodeo Florida. She's on her way to Las Vegas to compete for the coveted crown of Miss Rodeo America. (continue...)
BIG CYPRESS - On Oct. 16, a warrior from the Seminole Wars was reburied at the Big Cypress Indian Reservation.
"We did it. He's finally home," said Billy Cypress, Executive Director of the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum. (continue...)
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