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Miccosukee Tribe shuts door to research on invasive python species
Environment
Miccosukee Tribe shuts door to research on invasive python species (February 1, 2017)
Tribal leaders didn't think state and federal efforts in the Everglades were effective.

Miccosukee Tribe agrees to $4M settlement with former law firm
Law
Miccosukee Tribe agrees to $4M settlement with former law firm (May 20, 2016)
The tribe had accused attorneys Guy Lewis and Michael Tein of fraud and racketeering but lost.

Members of Miccosukee Tribe lose appeal in income tax dispute
Law
Members of Miccosukee Tribe lose appeal in income tax dispute (March 24, 2016)
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the federal government cannot be sued due to its sovereign immunity.

Activists lead 80-mile Walk for Mother Earth through Everglades
Environment | National
Activists lead 80-mile Walk for Mother Earth through Everglades (March 16, 2016)
Elders Bobby C. Billie and Betty Osceola will march for six days along the Tamiami Trail to seek protections for the Miccosukee and Seminole homelands.

Miccosukee Tribe returns Billy Cypress to power despite theft claim
Politics
Miccosukee Tribe returns Billy Cypress to power despite theft claim (March 8, 2016)
The tribe needed a new leader because former chairman Colley Billie was removed from office last November amid allegations of $82 million in financial mismanagement.

Miccosukee Tribe's alligator wrestler retires after three decades
National
Miccosukee Tribe's alligator wrestler retires after three decades (January 6, 2016)
Rocky Jim, Jr. learned how to handle the large and potentially dangerous animals from his father.

Miccosukee Tribe removes Chairman Colley Billie from office
Law | Politics
Miccosukee Tribe removes Chairman Colley Billie from office (November 11, 2015)
Tribal members accused Colley Billie of removing $82 million from a reserve account tied to an ongoing taxation dispute.

Dina Gilio-Whitaker: How trip to Cuba helped Miccosukee Tribe
Politics | Federal Recognition | World
Dina Gilio-Whitaker: How trip to Cuba helped Miccosukee Tribe (July 15, 2015)
The U.S.’s deteriorating relationship with Cuba paralleled its deteriorating relationship with Native nations.

Senate and House take up bills to reform No Child Left Behind Act
Education | National | Politics
Senate and House take up bills to reform No Child Left Behind Act (July 7, 2015)
Lawmakers from both parties are hoping to address problems with a law that has generated dissatisfaction across the nation.

Opposition group rallies over Miccosukee Tribe land-into-trust
Trust
Opposition group rallies over Miccosukee Tribe land-into-trust (July 1, 2015)
The tribe has been seeking to have 229 acres placed in trust since 2003.

Miccosukee Tribe vows to protect water quality of Everglades
Environment | National
Miccosukee Tribe vows to protect water quality of Everglades (June 23, 2015)
Chairman Colley Billie remembers drinking straight from the Everglades before it became contaminated by agricultural runoff and other development.

BIA working with tribes for more No Child Left Behind Act waivers
Education | National
BIA working with tribes for more No Child Left Behind Act waivers (June 12, 2015)
Tribes and educators will be able to incorporate culturally-appropriate standards into their classrooms.

Accident claims lives of woman and toddler from Miccosukee Tribe
Law
Accident claims lives of woman and toddler from Miccosukee Tribe (June 12, 2015)
A 41-year-old woman and her two-year-old grandson were killed. A one-year-old girl remains in critical condition.

Gyasi Ross: Let's take a lesson from Miccosukee Tribe on schools
Education | Opinion
Gyasi Ross: Let's take a lesson from Miccosukee Tribe on schools (June 11, 2015)
The Miccosukee Tribe recently showed that they will not forsake tribal history, language or storytelling anymore in the name of national standards.

Appeals court opens leader of Miccosukee Tribe to IRS summons
Law | National
Appeals court opens leader of Miccosukee Tribe to IRS summons (June 2, 2015)
Chairman Colley Billie claimed immunity but the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said the tribe's sovereignty is not superior to that of the United States.

Miccosukee Tribe secures first NCLB waiver in Indian Country
Education | National
Miccosukee Tribe secures first NCLB waiver in Indian Country (June 1, 2015)
The Miccosukee Indian School in Florida integrates tribal culture and language into the curriculum.

Miccosukee Tribe joins Native youth announcement at DOI in DC
Education | National
Miccosukee Tribe joins Native youth announcement at DOI in DC (May 29, 2015)
Chairman Colley Billie will be joined by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Education Secretary Arne Duncan at the announcement.

Miccosukee Tribe fires attorney after being hit with huge fine
Law
Miccosukee Tribe fires attorney after being hit with huge fine (May 12, 2015)
Bernardo Roman III was escorted out of his office and told to leave the reservation last week.

BIA not planning hearing for Miccosukee Tribe land-into-trust
Law | Trust
BIA not planning hearing for Miccosukee Tribe land-into-trust (May 4, 2015)
The tribe has been pursuing the application since 2003 but has faced intense local opposition.

Miccosukee Tribe renews disputed land-into-trust application
Law | Trust
Miccosukee Tribe renews disputed land-into-trust application (April 28, 2015)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs previously approved the application for 229 acres but a county is fighting the request.

Tribal members lead march against bike trail through Everglades
Environment
Tribal members lead march against bike trail through Everglades (April 2, 2015)
The 75-mile Walk for Mother Earth highlighted opposition to the proposed bike trail.

Miccosukee Tribe wins decision in dispute over fees paid to court
Law
Miccosukee Tribe wins decision in dispute over fees paid to court (January 27, 2015)
A non-Indian man must reimburse $72,000 to the tribe after losing a lawsuit.

Federal judge hits Miccosukee Tribe lawyer with $1M in sanctions
Law
Federal judge hits Miccosukee Tribe lawyer with $1M in sanctions (January 16, 2015)
Bernardo Roman III was ordered to pay $1 million for pursuing a baseless lawsuit against the tribe's former law firm.

Former Miccosukee Tribe chairman Buffalo Tiger passes on at 94
National
Former Miccosukee Tribe chairman Buffalo Tiger passes on at 94 (January 7, 2015)
Buffalo Tiger drew national and international attention for meeting with Fidel Castro of Cuba.

Judge delays contempt decision for chairman of Miccosukee Tribe
Law
Judge delays contempt decision for chairman of Miccosukee Tribe (December 23, 2014)
The new Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act, which became law in September, is now an issue in the case.

Three dead in collision on road through Miccosukee Reservation
National
Three dead in collision on road through Miccosukee Reservation (December 11, 2014)
The Tamiami Trail has proven repeatedly to be a dangerous road.

Chair of Miccosukee Tribe faces contempt over dispute with IRS
Law
Chair of Miccosukee Tribe faces contempt over dispute with IRS (December 9, 2014)
A December 15 hearing could determine whether Chairman Colley Billie is held in contempt for refusing to turn over financial information about tribal members.

Florida Supreme Court declines Miccosukee child custody case
Law
Florida Supreme Court declines Miccosukee child custody case (November 24, 2014)
The non-Indian father successfully challenged the tribal court's jurisdiction.

Federal judge won't be removed from Miccosukee Tribe's case
Law
Federal judge won't be removed from Miccosukee Tribe's case (October 24, 2014)
The tribe accused Judge Marcia Cooke of bias, citing statements she made in open court.

Widower must pay $72K to Miccosukee Tribe after losing appeal
Law
Widower must pay $72K to Miccosukee Tribe after losing appeal (October 15, 2014)
The tribe reclaimed nearly $5 million after winning a court decision in a wrongful death case.

Miccosukee Tribe reclaims nearly $5M in wrongful death case
Law
Miccosukee Tribe reclaims nearly $5M in wrongful death case (September 25, 2014)
The tribe was drawn into the dispute because it fronted the legal fees for two tribal members who were held liable in a fatal vehicle accident.

Miccosukee Tribe seeks removal of judge in dispute with lawyers
Law
Miccosukee Tribe seeks removal of judge in dispute with lawyers (September 11, 2014)
The tribe has accused three of its former attorneys of malpractice and fraud.

Another member of Miccosukee Tribe killed in fatal car accident
Law
Another member of Miccosukee Tribe killed in fatal car accident (July 29, 2014)
The accident occurred on the same highway where two tribal members died last month.

Court won't make Miccosukee Tribe pay $4.1M in wrongful death
Law
Court won't make Miccosukee Tribe pay $4.1M in wrongful death (July 3, 2014)
Two tribal members were held responsible for the death of a woman in a drunken-driving accident but they haven't paid.

Tragedy strikes Miccosukee Tribe as two killed in vehicle crash
Law
Tragedy strikes Miccosukee Tribe as two killed in vehicle crash (June 23, 2014)
Duane Billie, the tribe's police captain, died at the scene.

Florida court rejects tribal jurisdiction in child custody dispute
Law | National
Florida court rejects tribal jurisdiction in child custody dispute (April 24, 2014)
The Miccosukee Tribe lacks jurisdiction in a child custody dispute, a Florida appeals court ruled on Wednesday.

Judge threatens chairman of  Miccosukee Tribe with daily fines
Law
Judge threatens chairman of Miccosukee Tribe with daily fines (November 5, 2013)
A federal judge threatened daily fines against the leader of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida as part of a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service.

IRS requests contempt order for chairman of Miccosukee Tribe
Law | Politics
IRS requests contempt order for chairman of Miccosukee Tribe (October 31, 2013)
The Internal Revenue Service is asking a federal judge to hold the leader of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida in contempt.

Judge dismisses Miccosukee Tribe's suit against   ex-chairman
Law
Judge dismisses Miccosukee Tribe's suit against ex-chairman (October 3, 2013)
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida filed against its former chairman Billy Cypress.

Jury orders Miccosukee man to pay $35M for wrongful death
Law
Jury orders Miccosukee man to pay $35M for wrongful death (October 1, 2013)
A jury in Florida ordered a member of the Miccosukee Tribe to pay $35 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Miccosukee Tribe asked to pay $3.2M   for wrongful death case
Law
Miccosukee Tribe asked to pay $3.2M for wrongful death case (June 21, 2013)
An attorney wants the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida to pay a $3.2 million judgment in a wrongful death case.

Lee Tiger, Miccosukee, back into music   after losing his brother
Arts & Entertainment
Lee Tiger, Miccosukee, back into music after losing his brother (April 24, 2013)
Lee Tiger, a member of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, is back in the music business with the release of "New Era." Tiger stepped away from music after losing his...

Non-Indians concerned about Miccosukee  Tribe's   checkpoint
Law
Non-Indians concerned about Miccosukee Tribe's checkpoint (April 22, 2013)
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida continues to stop non-Indians who enter a road on the reservation. The checkpoint started in 2004 in an attempt to keep unauthorized visitors from a...

Judge fines attorneys  $50K for handling of Miccosukee  clients
Law
Judge fines attorneys $50K for handling of Miccosukee clients (April 18, 2013)
A judge in Florida fined two prominent lawyers $50,000 for their handling of a wrongful death case involving two members of the Miccosukee Tribe. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ronald Dresnick originally...

Lawyer contradicts testimony from former Miccosukee clients
Law
Lawyer contradicts testimony from former Miccosukee clients (April 17, 2013)
A prominent Florida attorney contradicted testimony given by two members of Miccosukee Tribe regarding the source of their payments to his firm. Jimmie Bert and his daughter, Tammy Gwen Billie,...

Miccosukee family doesn't know who paid $3.1M to legal team
Law
Miccosukee family doesn't know who paid $3.1M to legal team (April 16, 2013)
Two members of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida testified that they don't know who paid $3.1 million to their prominent attorneys. Jimmie Bert and his daughter, Tammy Gwen Billie, were...

Miccosukee Tribe fires police chief after just one year on job
Law
Miccosukee Tribe fires police chief after just one year on job (March 22, 2013)
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida fired its chief of police after a year on the job, The Miami Herald reports. Bobby Richardson was fired over the phone. “Didn’t even see...

Governor urged to oppose Miccosukee Tribe land-into-trust bid
Politics | Trust
Governor urged to oppose Miccosukee Tribe land-into-trust bid (March 1, 2013)
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is being asked to oppose the Miccosukee Tribe land-into-trust application. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the tribe's application for 229 acres in August 2012....

County   petition   opposes Miccosukee Tribe land-into-trust bid
Trust
County petition opposes Miccosukee Tribe land-into-trust bid (February 6, 2013)
Miami-Dade County in Florida has submitted a petition with 1,351 signatures in opposition to a land-into-trust application from the Miccosukee Tribe. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the tribe's application...

Miccosukee man doesn't know who paid  $3.1M to legal team
Law
Miccosukee man doesn't know who paid $3.1M to legal team (November 28, 2012)
A member of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida says he doesn't know who paid $3.1 million to his law firm. Jimmie Bert and his daughter, Tammy Gwen Billie, have been...

County challenges Miccosukee  Tribe land-into-trust application
Business | Trust
County challenges Miccosukee Tribe land-into-trust application (October 3, 2012)
Miami-Dade County in Florida is fighting a land-into-trust application from the Miccosukee Tribe. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the tribe's application for 230 acres in July. The site currently...

Miccosukee Tribe shows checks totaling $10M paid to law firm
Law
Miccosukee Tribe shows checks totaling $10M paid to law firm (September 25, 2012)
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida paid more than $10 million to its former law firm and has the checks to prove it, The Miami Herald reports. As part of a...

Miccosukee Tribe accuses ex-chair, Billy Cypress, of stealing $26M
Law | National
Miccosukee Tribe accuses ex-chair, Billy Cypress, of stealing $26M (July 5, 2012)
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida filed a lawsuit against former chairman Billy Cypress, accusing him of stealing $26 million. The lawsuit says Cypress conspired with others -- including two of...

Court won't remove judge from Miccosukee wrongful death case
Law
Court won't remove judge from Miccosukee wrongful death case (June 21, 2012)
A Florida appeals court won't remove a judge from a wrongful death case involving two members of the Miccosukee Tribe. Attorneys for Tammy Gwen Billie and her father, Jimmie Bert,...

Attorneys for Miccosukee Tribe facing ethics investigations
Law
Attorneys for Miccosukee Tribe facing ethics investigations (April 6, 2012)
Two attorneys whom the Miccosukee Tribe has accused of fraud are facing two ethics investigations by the Florida Bar, The Miami Herald reported. Guy Lewis, a former U.S. Attorney, and...

Miccosukee Tribe accuses another law firm of taking millions
Law
Miccosukee Tribe accuses another law firm of taking millions (April 3, 2012)
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida filed a lawsuit against a law firm on Monday, accusing its attorneys of running a multimillion dollar scheme. The lawsuit says Guy Lewis, a former...

Judge accused of bias after making 'peace pipe' comments
Law
Judge accused of bias after making 'peace pipe' comments (March 27, 2012)
A judge in Florida is being accused of bias after making comments about passing "the peace pipe" in a case involving two members of the Miccosukee Tribe. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge...

Lawyers try to collect $3.2M from Miccosukee  defendants
Law
Lawyers try to collect $3.2M from Miccosukee defendants (October 28, 2011)
Two members of the Miccosukee Tribe owe $3.2 million to a Florida man for the death of his wife but they say they can't pay the judgement. Tammy Gwen Billie...

Opinion: Treat Indian ancestral remains with dignity, respect
Opinion
Opinion: Treat Indian ancestral remains with dignity, respect (September 12, 2011)
"Burial grounds are due respect, regardless of who is buried at the site. You can bet the government wouldn’t try to unearth and remove the remains of folks buried in...

Miccosukee  Tribe gets rid of   police officers who signed petition
Law
Miccosukee Tribe gets rid of police officers who signed petition (August 12, 2011)
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida fired its interim police chief and seven police officers. The officers who were fired were among those who signed a petition that complained of a...

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