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Council Has Busy Session

By E. Bowers

HOLLYWOOD - Audits, agreements, and the adoption of the Creek language were among the items discussed at the Jan. 19 Council meeting.

The Council:

*Approved the Client Service Contracts with Pender, Newkirk, & Company, for the Seminole Indian Casinos in Immokalee and Tampa.

*Approved the Audit Engagements with McGladrey & Pullen, LLP, for the Brighton and Hollywood Seminole casinos.

*Approved the Extension of Non-Binding Letter of Intent with the Reservation Resources Group, Ltd., with regard to a proposed hotel/casino entertainment complex to be built on the Hollywood Reservation.

*Issued a 30-day revocable permit to Castle Burger, Inc., to set up a portable food stand on the former Howard Tommie property.

*Approved the business lease for Pinnacle Towers to erect a cellular site on the Brighton Reservation near the Cattle and Range office.

*Adopted the Florida Seminole Creek language for a pilot cultural program. Dr. Julian Granberry of Native American Language Services will establish an alphabet, write primers and grammar books for use in the cultural program. The Council approved a language services agreement to pay Dr. Granberry.

*Approved a Management Agreement with Native American Management Group, LLC, for the redevelopment, finance, construction, and management of a gaming facility on the Big Cypress reservation.

*Approved the Revenue Allocation & Per Capita Distribution Plan for fiscal year July 1, 1998 through June 30, 1999. The distribution plan, based on gaming revenues, is submitted yearly to the Secretary of the Interior.

*Disapproved a licensing agreement between Hollywood Mobile Estates, Ltd., and First Union National Bank. The agreement was to place a small banking unit inside Hollywood Estates mobile home park.

*Approved home site leases for Sherri Jumper, Cornelia Osceola on the Big Cypress Reservation, and one for Thomasina Jumper in Brighton.

*Formally recognized Board lands on the Brighton Reservation.

George Johnson of Realty updated the Council on recent land purchases. The Tribe closed the sale on the 1,600-acre Bullhead Ranch property on Dec. 7, the 1,000-acre Sears property on Dec. 10, and the Chokoloskee property on Dec. 28.

Johnson also stated the Tribe was in the midst of the due diligence process of the Partin family land negotiations. Johnson expects the process to be completed by Feb. 22 and have a proposed contract ready for consideration at the March Council meeting.

The Council will hold a special meeting in the future to address the concerns of Hollywood community members about the Seminole Police Department. Two Tribal members at the Council meeting voiced their frustrations about rising drug use and break-ins happening on the reservation.

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