Wealthy Seminole Tribe receives federal funds
The Seminole Tribe of Florida still relies on federal funding despite claims of being more self-reliant, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

In the five-year period ending in 2005, the tribe received $80 million in federal funds, the paper said. The tribe's gaming operation took in more than $3.2 billion during that period.

Council member Max Osceola Jr. said the tribe should be able to receive federal grants like anyone else. But Chairman Mitchell Cypress recently said the tribe's successful gaming operation "kind of got us away from the government handout."

The Sun-Sentinel is running a series about the tribe and its finances.

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Relevant Links:
Seminole Tribe - http://www.seminoletribe.com

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