Seminole youth volunteers NAJA 2000 Coming Up

SEATTLE, Wash. - Although The Seminole Tribune picked up a handful of awards at the Unity Conference held here July 7-11, the big news was that finally the Native American Journalists Association convention to be hosted by the Seminole Tribe in 2000 is coming up on deck. (continue...)

Millions Targeted for B.C. Tribe Plan Keys Restoration Project

By Vida Volkert

Water quality will improveHOLLYWOOD - The Seminole Tribe may be collecting $36 million from the federal government as part of the Seminole Tribe's Big Cypress Reservation Water Conservation Plan.

The Water Conservation plan is part of the ambitious $7.8 billion Everglades restoration project - the largest restoration project in the world - which the Clinton Administration presented to Congress on July 1. (continue...)

Youth Boxers, Wrestlers 'Slam' Big Cypress

By Ernie Tiger

Micco Billie and Dougie SandersBIG CYPRESS - The bell sounds and the "Clash of the Titans" begins. Two young Seminole Tribal members begin hurling punches at each other in a boxing ring at Ahfachkee Indian School. In a few minutes, the bell sounds again. A few bloody noses, a few hurt feelings, a handshake and lessons learned are the weekly fare for this summer's Big Cypress Youth Boxing Camp. (continue...)

Council Meets In Day-Long Session

By Peter B. Gallagher

HOLLYWOOD - The Seminole Tribal Council met in full session, July 9 to hear department reports and make decisions on 48 resolutions, several tabled items and membership.

Council began the day-long session by grant-ing the authority to Chairman James E. Billie to negotiate the sale of the current Tribal jet airplane and the $31 million purchase of a replacement jet to head the fleet of air vehicles in the active Tribal Aviation Department. (continue...)

Tribe Wins Split-Decision In Court Cases

By Charles Flowers

FORT LAUDERDALE - The Seminole Tribe of Florida won a split-decision from a Broward Circuit Judge in the Tribe's lawsuit against the St. Petersburg Times, and a clear-cut victory in federal court, when an appellate court denied the state the right to sue to remove electronic slot machines.

On July 20, Judge Jay Leonard Fleet handed down an order granting the Times' motion to dismiss without prejudice the original lawsuit. However, the Tribe's attorney Donald Orlovsky of West Palm Beach, says the judge left the door open to re-filing Seminole Tribe of Florida v. Times Publishing Co. within 20 days. (continue...)

1911 Seminole Chief Tom TigerIndian Murder Launches Criminal Career

Reflections - By Patsy West

On Dec. 29, 1911, one of the sons of Mary and Tom Tiger was killed. The victim was De Soto Tiger (Snake Clan), who lived in one of the Creek-speaking camps near Indiantown. Jimmie Gopher, his uncle, was one of the last people to have seen him alive. (continue...)