Board Decisions Contamination Fear Halts Magical Village

By E. Bowers

HOLLYWOOD - The Tribal Board of Directors, Seminole Tribe of Florida Inc., held its regular meeting on Oct. 13. The Board:

*Approved Madeline Tongkeamha's application for the Brighton cattle program.

*Approved the Brighton homesites of Perrie Whidden, Sampson Gopher, and Preston Baker. (continue...)

Chairman Gives Speech; Reporter Goes Bananas

By Dan McDonald

((PHOTO DESCRIPTION))ST. PETERSBURG -- In an energized public speaking appearance, Seminole Tribe of Florida Chairman James Billie entertained an auditorium full of Eckerd College students, faculty and visitors, Oct. 12, as part of the prestigious school's guest lecture series. (continue...)

EIRA Cowboys Make Best INFR Showing Ever

By Michael James

((PHOTO DESCRIPTION))SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Worried about a fallen comrade, but cheered on by a large contingent of hometown fans, Eastern Indian Rodeo Association (EIRA) champions Mike Brown, Dewitt Carter, and Marty Johns garnered top finishes recently in the 1998 Indian National Finals Rodeos (INFR) at West World Arena. It was the best showing ever for the Seminole Tribe in the prestigious INFR, dominated, as always, by the Western tribes. (continue...)

SPD: Hurricane Plans In Place

By E. Bowers

HOLLYWOOD - Because of Hurricane Georges, the Tribal offices were shut down. However, once the threat was passed, Tom Hernan, Chief of the Seminole Police Department (SPD), took time to detail hurricane procedures and reflect on the preparation made for Hurricane Georges. (continue...)

Destination Seminole: A New Native Attraction

By Charles Flowers

((PHOTO DESCRIPTION))The Seminole Tribe has a long, proud and successful history of tourism. Now, with a nationwide American Indian population estimated at 2 million, the Tribe's attractions are within reach of a new, interested group of travelers: Native Americans. (continue...)

Miccosukee Lands Finally Protected

By Charles Flowers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The long and arduous struggle of The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida Indians to have Congress clarify their rights to live in their traditional homelands on the border of Everglades National Park is almost over.

Shortly after noon on Oct. 15, the United States Senate passed HR 3055 and sent it to the President for signature. The bill essentially carries out the original intent of Congress in the 1934 Everglades Park Enabling Act by recognizing the right of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians to live on their traditional homeland in Everglades National Park. (continue...)