Maj. Billy L. Cypress is lovingly remembered

BIG CYPRESS RESERVATION — The Seminole Tribe of Florida celebrated another milestone in its quest to define its Native American tribal identity Oct. 23 with the dedication of the Major Billy L. Cypress Building. A large crowd gathered under tents erected in the imposing two-story edifice’s front parking lot for its christening during a reverent […]

Seminoles oppose reservoir near reservation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Native American tribal representatives voiced opposition to part of the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWRP) during the Oct 29 South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force meeting in Washington, D.C. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report, LOWRP, part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), is designed to store […]

Ahfachkee School enhanced and expanded

BIG CYPRESS RESERVATION — Though not yet totally complete, the expanded and improved Ahfachkee School on the Seminole Indian Reservation was christened by an overflowing crowd for its ribbon-cutting celebration Tuesday morning, Aug. 13. Its new high school and middle school buildings, built by Pirtle Construction and designed based on students’ input, will be finished […]

Seminoles air concerns over water compact

CLEWISTON — South Florida Water Management District Governing Board members joined for a workshop session with the Seminole Tribe of Florida Council on Wednesday, June 19, at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum. The STOF council had invited SFWMD board members to the museum on the grounds of the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation to receive a comprehensive […]

Okeechobee Battlefield Friends hosts convocation

OKEECHOBEE — The Seminole War Historians Convocation took place in Okeechobee on April 26-28, hosted by the Okeechobee Battlefield Friends. During the event, The Seminole Wars Foundation presented the 2019 Frank Laumer Legacy Award to Billy Cypress (posthumously). His widow, Carol Cypress, accepted the award along with his daughter, Carla. The convocation began with a […]