Hurricane Bird

By Betty Mae Jumper

Eye of Hurricane Irene over Big CypressWhen Hurricane Irene came through South Florida recently, the Seminole Tribe closed the office so the staff could take care of their homes and prepare for the storm. (continue...)

Ahfachkee Open House Highlights Improvements

By E. Bowers

Ahfachkee StudentsBIG CYPRESS - The Seminole Tribe’s Ahfachkee School welcomed the community at its Open House at the school campus on Sept. 30.

Ahfachkee School principal Dr. Patrick Gaffney highlighted the accomplishments of the students. For the second consecutive year the Ahfachkee students’ test scores have increased, while maintaining a 90-95 percent attendance rate. The kids want to come to Ahfachkee, said Dr. Gaffney, the attendance rate is high . . . because the kids want to be here. (continue...)

Indian Museum Holds Groundbreaking

By Libby Blake

Federal Officials and American Indian LeadersWASHINGTON, D.C. - A groundbreaking ceremony held Sept. 28 marked the start of construction of the 270,000-square-foot Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. (continue...)

Mayor Sam Goldsmith and James E. Billie Coconut Creek Casino Breaks Ground

COCONUT CREEK - Town Mayor Sam Goldsmith and Seminole Tribal Chairman James Billie stand at the future site of the Tribe’s newest gaming facility The Seminole Coconut Creek Casino following a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, Oct. 7. (continue...)

NAMA TO Honor Chief Jim Billie

Chief Billie in Oklahoma City NEW YORK - Chief Jim Billie of the Seminole Tribe of Florida will receive the Native American Music Association (NAMA) Living Legend Award at the Second Annual Nammy Music Awards, November 6, at the Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Seminole Tribune has learned. (continue...)

Phish Notes

James E. Billie and Phish designersPHISH PLANS: Seminole Chairman James Billie looks over the site plan for the huge New Year’s Eve 2000 Phish concert planned for the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation. Phish designer Russ Bennett (center) and Robb Napier of Great Northeast Productions lean over the bar at the Swamp Water Café to explain Phish’s grandiose plans for the concert, where more than 50,000 fans will celebrate the millenium from Dec. 30 through New Year’s morning. (continue...)