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Indian canoe dating back 800 years uncovered at lake in Florida (12/01)
A family on a weekend outing in Florida came upon a unique find -- an Indian canoe in near perfect condition. The 23-foot-long dugout canoe dates back 500 to 800 years. It was found in Lake Munson near Tallahassee. "The...

Supreme Court declines Miccosukee Tribe's petition in EPA case (11/30)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida. The tribe fought for years to prevent the Florida Water Management District from pumping polluted water into the Everglades. But the 11th Circuit...

IRS broadens demand for Miccosukee Tribe financial documents (11/16)
The Internal Revenue Service has widened its demand for financial documents from the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, The Miami Herald reports. The IRS has been investigating former chairman Billy Cypress to determine whether he reported all of his income. Now...

Not much action on bill to recognize Muscogee Nation of Florida (10/01)
The Muscogee Nation of Florida hasn't seen much action on its federal recognition bill. S.530 and H.R.1899 were introduced in early 2009. But neither the House nor the Senate have held a hearing on the bill although Chief Ann Tucker...

11th Circuit rejects Miccosukee Tribe's challenge to bridge project (09/16)
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday said the Miccosukee Tribe cannot challenge a bridge project in the Everglades of Florida. Congress passed an appropriations bill with a rider that exempted the bridge from environmental, historic preservation and other...

Editorial: FSU tells high school to stop using 'Seminole' as mascot (08/27)
"How does any high school “cease and desist” on a cherished tradition? For generations, the Southeast High School Seminoles have charged the gridiron, stalked the basketball court and cheered the sidelines under proud banners displaying a distinctive spear and Indian...

Miccosukee Tribe loses bid to halt Everglades restoration project (08/24)
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida lost a ruling in a long-running battle over the restoration of the Everglades. The tribe tried to stop Gov. Charlie Crist (R) from moving forward with a land deal with U.S. Sugar Corp. The tribe...

'Traditional' Seminole leader told to pay child support payments (08/20)
A leader of the non-recognized Independent Traditional Seminole Nation of Florida was ordered to pay child support in a long-running case. Bobby C. Billie, 65, fathered two children with Holly Baker, a non-Indian woman who is 25 years younger. He...

Miccosukee Tribe close to deal to provide financial records to IRS (08/20)
Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is close to a deal to provide financial records to the Internal Revenue Service, the Associated Press reports. The tribe claimed sovereign immunity when the IRS sought the records. But a judge said the tribe's status...

Miccosukee Tribe releases police chief after 15 months on the job (08/17)
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida fired its police chief after just 5 months on the job, The Miami Herald reports. Neither the tribe nor Thomas Loughren would explain the reasons for the dismissal. "`I can confirm I am no longer...

Column: Black Seminoles alive and well in Everglades of Florida (08/16)
"One such journey brought me to Jacksonville, Florida, where seven years later at the age of 19, I returned to the same place but this time I was alone. From there I traveled further South on a Greyhound Bus and...

Judge orders Miccosukee Tribe to turn over documents to IRS (08/12)
A federal judge ordered the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida to turn over financial records to the Internal Revenue Service. The tribe asserted a sovereign immunity defense to an IRS summons for the information. Judge Alan S. Gold said that didn't...

Judge to issue ruling in fight between Miccosukee Tribe and IRS (08/11)
A federal judge plans to issue a decision today in a dispute between the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida and the Internal Revenue Service. The tribe is refusing to turn over financial records to the IRS. The records are related to...

Florida prosecutor releases report in fatal Miccosukee accident (08/10)
A state prosecutor in Florida released a report on a fatal accident that involved members of the Miccosukee Tribe. The report places the blame for the January 2009 accident on Tatiana Furry, who was killed. Her blood alcohol content was...

Owner of a disputed junkyard claims to belong to 'Pembina' band (07/19)
The owner of a junkyard that has run afoul of building and zoning laws in Florida claims he is a member of the Pembina Sovereign Nation Little Shell Band, an illegitimate group that claims Ojibwe ancestry. Officials in Charlotte County...

Miccosukee man sentenced to 12 years over fatal car accident (07/01)
Thomas Cypress, a member of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, was sentenced to 12 years in connection with a car accident that killed two people. Cypress pleaded guilty to two counts of DUI/manslaughter. In addition to prison time, he was...

Miccosukee man set to accept plea deal for fatal car accident (06/30)
Thomas Cypress, a member of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, will reportedly accept a plea deal for his role in fatal car accident. Cypress, 54, was allegedly driving drunk when his pickup slammed into a car carrying Robert and Paulette...

Report faults Miccosukee tribal police over fatal car accident (06/16)
A report from a state prosecutor in Florida says police officers from the Miccosukee Tribe prevented authorities from determining who was at a fault in a fatal accident. Tatiana Furry, a non-Indian, was reportedly drinking heavily at the tribe's casino...

11th Circuit blocks Miccosukee Tribe from collecting award (06/04)
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida can't turn to the federal court system to enforce a tribal court judgment, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said in a decision last week. The tribe and Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. went to tribal court...

Miccosukee Tribe asserts sovereignty against IRS summons (05/21)
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida says it doesn't have to turn over documents to the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS issued a summons to the tribe as part of an investigation into former chairman Billy Cypress, The Miami Herald reported....

Editorial: Miccosukee Tribe battles questionable land deal (04/02)
"A ruling by a Miami federal judge this week might signal the end for a controversial Big Sugar land deal that should not have been approved in the first place. On Wednesday, Chief U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno issued a...

Decision backs Miccosukee Tribe in battle over Everglades (04/01)
A federal judge sided with the Miccosukee Tribe and ordered the state of Florida to resume construction of a reservoir in the Everglades. The state spent $280 million on the reservoir but halted work in order to negotiate a land...

Miccosukee Tribe cuts sponsorship for NASCAR driver (02/08)
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is no longer sponsoring NASCAR events or supporting NASCAR drivers. Under former chairman Billy Cypress, the tribe sponsored all three of NASCAR's national tours and one driving team. But recently-elected Chairman Colley Billie apparently decided...

Man sentenced for selling fake tribal memberships (12/09)
A Florida man was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for selling fake tribal memberships. Audie Watson, 76, was convicted several mail fraud and money laundering charges. He sold membership in the Pembina Nation, Little Shell Band of North...

Muscogee Nation of Florida requests recognition (10/16)
The Muscogee Nation of Florida hopes to gain recognition through an act of Congress. S.530 and H.R.1899 were introduced earlier this year. The bills say the federal government has had relations with the tribe through treaties and other action as...

Seminole man disputes US laws in support case (10/16)
A Seminole man who is accused of failing to support his children says U.S. and Florida state laws don't apply to him. Bobby C. Billie is a spiritual leader of the Traditional Seminole Nation, a non-federally recognized group. He says...

Miccosukee Tribe disputes Everglades bridge (10/01)
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is still trying to stop the construction of a bridge in the Everglades, its homelands. The tribe calls the $81 million bridge a waste of money that will flood traditional sites. But the U.S. Army...

Review: Native Music Rocks at Hard Rock Cafe (09/10)
"Things got promising Tuesday night at the Hard Rock Cafe when, midshow, some grips cleared the stage, pulled out a red rug on which a drum kit had already been laid out, and secured it with weights. Until that...

Editorial: Miccosukee Tribe wrong on Everglades (08/28)
"Both sides declared victory after Wednesday's ruling that the South Florida Water Management District can issue bonds to buy a large portion of U.S. Sugar's land. One side is wrong. It's not the water district. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge...

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sued out of state (08/26)
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts is facing its first out-of-state lawsuit. The tribe is being sued in Florida by a woman who wants more than $400,000 in back pay and expenses. Gayle Andrews says the tribe broke a contract...

Editorial: Hard lessons from Abramoff scandal (08/05)
"Former Space Coast Congressman Tom Feeney always insisted he did nothing wrong in his relationship with corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff. After a two-year investigation, the FBI has agreed, dropping its probe of the Republican for a 2003 golf junket he...

Florida tribes criticized for taking stimulus funds (08/03)
Some people don't think tribes in Florida should receive a share of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. So far, the Seminole Tribe and the Miccosukee Tribe have received $4 million from the stimulus. The money...

Jury rules against Mayan man in deportation case (07/28)
A jury in Florida cleared a hospital of wrongdoing for deporting a disabled Mayan man to Guatemala. Luis Alberto Jiménez, 37, suffered a severe brain injury in 2000 when a drunken driver ran into his vehicle. He was taken...

Florida tribes start collecting state tobacco tax (07/13)
The Seminole Tribe and the Miccosukee Tribe have started collecting the state's tax on tobacco products for the first time in 66 years. The tax is $1.34 per pack of cigarettes. Sales on reservations are expected to bring in $20...

Judge allows bridge opposed by Miccosukee Tribe (06/18)
A federal judge has cleared the way for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a bridge in the Florida Everglades. Judge Ursula Ungaro had issued an injunction that prevented construction of the bridge. The Miccosukee Tribe said the...

New Times: Miccosukee cops on 'Renegade Road' (05/13)
"Near dawn on Wednesday, January 21, Everglades airboat captain Jesse Kennon was jolted awake by the whirring of helicopter blades over his roof. His first thought: That sounds like Rescue One. The ruddy-skinned, ponytailed patriarch of Coopertown had heard Miami-Dade...

Editorial: Close tobacco tax loophole for Seminole Tribe (04/16)
"The Florida Senate is expected to vote this week on a $1 cigarette tax increase, which the bill's sponsors insist on calling a "surcharge." It also would impose new taxes on snuff, chewing tobacco and mini-cigars. The proposal is something...

Ombudsman: No bias in stories on Miccosukee Tribe (04/14)
"The lawyers representing the Miccosukee Tribe used strong language in criticizing The Miami's Herald's coverage of a car crash involving tribal members in which a Kendall woman died. The stories were ''unfairly slanted,'' ''biased'' and ''assumed from the outset that...

Seminole Tribe's museum earns accreditation (04/10)
The Seminole Tribe of Florida has won accreditation for its museum. The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum is the first tribal facility to earn accreditation from the American Association of Museums. The process took four years. The museum is located on the...

Bill seeks to force Seminole tobacco tax issue (04/08)
A bill in the Florida Senate makes it a crime for non-Indians to possess tobacco products sold by the Seminole Tribe. The prohibition would be lifted if the tribe agrees to share some of its tobacco revenues with the...

Miccosukee man to remain jailed in DUI case (03/27)
A member of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida will remain in jail pending his trial for DUI manslaughter, a judge said on Thursday. Thomas D. Cypress, 54, is charged with the February 19 deaths of a Maryland couple. His blood...

Miccosukee man set for hearing over fatal accident (03/24)
A member of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is asking to be released from jail for allegedly causing a fatal car accident. Thomas D. Cypress, 45, the brother of chairman Billy Cypress, is charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter....

Florida newspaper visits Miccosukee tribal court (03/23)
The Miami Herald visited the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida last week to find out more about the tribal court system. The tribe's modern-day court began hearing cases in 1981. It handles criminal, civil, juvenile and traffic cases. Proceedings can take...

Non-Indian blamed for fatal Miccosukee accident (03/18)
A non-Indian woman is being blamed for a fatal accident that the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida has been criticized for investigating. An expert and an attorney for the tribe both concluded that Tatiana Furry, 31, caused the January 21 accident...

Seminole Tribe sells hotel and ranch in Nicaragua (03/12)
The Seminole Tribe of Florida has sold a hotel and cattle ranch in Nicaragua. The tribe purchased the Seminole Plaza Hotel in Managua and a 6,000-acre cattle ranch during the tenure of former chairman Jim Billie. He was ousted from...

Miccosukee Tribe defends handling of fatal crash (03/11)
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is defending its right to investigate vehicle accidents, even those that occur off the reservation. Tribal police responded to a January 21 accident that resulted in the death of a woman. The driver of one...

Fox News: Miccosukee Tribe on 'bridge to nowhere' (03/09)
"SEAN HANNITY, HOST: Tonight, Ainsley Earhardt takes a closer look at one of the provisions in the omnibus spending bill. It is a proposed bridge in the Florida Everglades that some are calling the new bridge to nowhere, while...

Blog: Miccosukee Tribe battles Everglades bridge (03/06)
"The Miccosukee Tribe's campaign against a federal overhaul of the Tamaimi Trail is about to move from the court of law to the court of public opinion - at least the members of the public who tune into conservative talk...

Seminole Tribe credited with saving Haitian baby (02/27)
The Seminole Tribe of Florida is being credited with helping save the life of a Haitian newborn.. The tribe sent a rescue mission to Haiti last fall after the Caribbean nation was hit by storms and floods. Three tribal paramedics...

Miccosukee Tribe opposes Everglades provision (02/26)
The Miccosukee Tribe says a provision in the $410 billion Omnibus Appropriations Act that was passed by the House on Wednesday will harm the Florida Everglades. The tribe won a lawsuit that said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed...

Editorial: Don't restore Miccosukee sovereignty (02/23)
"When someone commits a crime or is involved in an accident in Florida, it is generally understood that the state has jurisdiction and will proceed with whatever investigation, charge, penalty or punishment is warranted. This clear delineation of authority would...

Second fatal accident involving Miccosukee driver (02/20)
For the second time in a month, a member of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida has been involved in fatal car accident. Thomas D. Cypress, 54, was charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter after his truck collided with another...

Editorial: Ask Seminole Tribe about tobacco taxes (02/09)
"New York state has started a minor Indian war over cigarette taxes. Florida also should think about trying to collect state taxes on cigarettes sold by the Seminoles. But negotiation would be better than confrontation. New York insists that it...