Seminole Tribe inaugurates new leadership at historic oak tree

The Council Oak Tree in Hollywood, Florida. Photo from Pietro / Wikipedia

The Seminole Tribe of Florida inaugurated its leadership in a ceremony at the historic Council Oak Tree.

Chairman James Billie won re-election as leader of the tribe, defeating three other candidates in the May 11 race. He will serve another four-year term.

"These next four years I think you're going to see tremendous change in the tribe, better than you've seen before," Billie told the crowd, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

Tribal members gathered for the inauguration ceremony. Photo by bayleem / Twitter

In addition to Billie, three other council members were installed. The members each represent the Big Cypress, Brighton and Hollywood reservations of the tribe.

Four members of the board of directors, which oversees the tribe's non-gaming business operations, were also sworn into office. Mitchell Cypress, a former chairman, will serve as president of the board.

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