Group Meets To Plan NAJA 2000

Chief Billie and NAJA's Gordon RegguintiBy Dan McDonald

FORT LAUDERDALE - Although it's still nearly two years off, the first organizational meeting for the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) Convention that will be hosted by the Seminole Tribe in the year 2000 was held Sept. 18. (continue...)

Miccosukee Lawsuit Raises Water Quality

By Charles Flowers

MIAMI - The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida Indians has won a court decision that raises the standards of water quality in the Everglades.

U.S. District Court Judge Edward B. Davis declared in a 34-page ruling that the part of the Everglades Forever Act that suspends state water quality standards, in effect, changed them. The September ruling, in support of the Tribe's suit, effectively renders this part of the EFA invalid. (continue...)

Chief's Music Set To 'SOAR'

Alligator Tales CDChief Jim Billie's "Alligator Tales," his first nationally released CD, is now out and available across the country on SOAR, Sound of America Records.

Produced by John McEuen, of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fame, the album incorporates musicians from Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Colorado, and many of California's finest performers, including Oscar winner Jennifer Warnes, to bring the Chief's songs to life. (continue...)

Council OKs Audits; Adds New Dept. Of Survey & Mapping

By E. Bowers

Stanlo JohnsHOLLYWOOD - On Sept. 8, the Seminole Tribal Council gave its conceptual approval to purchase land from the Partin family, established the new Survey and Mapping Department, and approved client services contracts for auditing of the Housing Authority, Tampa Property Administration Fund, Brighton Casino, Hollywood Seminole Gaming, and overall Tribal business. (continue...)

Travis Tritt Headlines Fire On The Swamp

((PHOTO DESCRIPTION))BIG CYPRESS - You don't have to be "a member of a country club" to enjoy this year's Fire On The Swamp music festival. And if that don't suit you, well, "here's a quarter - call someone who cares."

That's because country music superstar Travis Tritt and Ray Benson's legendary Asleep At The Wheel will be headlining the Seminole Tribe of Florida's sixth annual "Countrypalooza" all day Sunday Nov. 8 at the Big Cypress Rodeo and Entertainment Complex. (continue...)