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COUNTY. FLORIDA and NATIONAL CIRCULATION


CHIEF OSCIKLA


FLORIDA'S FIRST MICCOSUKEE AND SEMINOLE INDIAN NEWSPAPER


CHIEF COACOOCEE


VOL 1, NO. 4 bmCmMBUR 1961 Ip W c


"There Must Be Someone Who Can Help Us"


Osceola


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"Unsurrendered" Seminoles' Peace


Threatened!


U. S. PLANNING


"The U.S. Interior Dept. is push-
ing ahead with its plans to
organize a third tribe of puppet
Indians in an effort to wreck
tihe many years of negotiations
and agreements with our Mic-
cosukee Tribe." charged Homer
Osceola, Co-Chairman of the
Miccosukee Tribal Executive .
Council.
\'"We predicted this when. we
gave th.ls story to the newspap-
ers last October.


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3rd FLA. TRIBE shenanigan, it will le the big-
'gest fraud -on the S:-ni--ilc3
since the fake so-called tr:a'y
They obviously plan to try of Paynes Landing over 100
to trick tlie public into believ- years ago. And we want the
Ing that what their puppets do American pubXc to know what
has bc'3n authorized by our is going on here.
Miccosukee Tribe.
OOOOOOOOOOO00*OOOOOOO


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Florida Everglades
The Executive Council of the Miccosukee
tribe of Seminole Indians, in an unprecedented
action, appealed to the American public for help.
In a letter they issued to the public they
wrote:


To the American' people;
Our unconquered Miccousukee
Seminole Nation is asking the
American people for help.
We want the American people
to be told what is being done to
our people. That the United
States, and the state of Florida
are trying again to push our
people off our Everglades home
land.


INDIANS NEED
INDUSTRY NOT
PROMISES SAYS
CHEROKEE CHIEF
TO SEMINOLES
Chief Oslee 'Sanook, chief of
the Cherokee Tribe in Cherokee
N.C., publicly stated at the re-
cent dedication at the Big Cy-
press Reservation, "If you want
to be friends of the Indians, as
you claim, don't make promises.
Bring industry to the reserva-
tions, bring factories to the res-
ervations, so the men can bring
home bread to their families
and improve their standard of
living."
He told of the promises made
to build roads on reservations.
"The government sent surveyors.
They said they would build it.
Then tree y.irs later they
would come back ari survey.
Finally after 20 years we would
see the road. We don't want
this kind of promises," he said.


We hope the American peop.
will do something to help o0
people once they hear the truth.
Over 100 years ago our fore-
fathers fought and died to save
our home country. You call this
the Seminole Wars. The whole
United States army could: not
conquer our people. They tried
all kinds of tricks and even trap-
ped our Cnicf Osceola under a
white flag of truce and held
him till :he rotted in a federal
dungeon. After that, in 1939. the
American public, and a brave
Ohio Congressman, rose up and
came to our aid. They became
disgusted with, the bare-faced
federal policy of kill and grab
by brute force and public opinion
forced the United States to send
the Commanding General of the
United States army, Alexander
1McComb, to Florida to make a
cont. on page 4

WHA HOPPEN?

The Indian people on the.
reservation have been asking
"wha happen" to their petition
to the Secretary of Interior re-
questing an election on the
the Seminole Tribe ef Florida
constitutional amendments of
and the tribal corporation,
which was sent up to him sev-.
eral months ago and never
heard from again.
"Any answers?" They want
to know.
Betty Jumper


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SEMINOLE INDIAN NEWS

Co-Editor .............-.-.- Miss Alice Osceola
P. 0. Box 44-234, Tamiami Station, Miami, Florida
Co-Editor --....---.-.. Mrs. Betty Mae Jumper
3701 N. W. 63rd Avenue, Hollywood, Florida


Reporters -
Mary Louise Jumper
Lola Gopher
Leoda Osceola
Louise Osceola
Elaine Johnson


Big Cypress Reservation
Brighton Reservation
Donia Reservation
Everglades
Imokale


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Howard Tiger's sister-in-laws,
Corey Robinson, her son Nathan,
bMarie Many and her son Joe
came to visit Winnifred Tiger,
on November 15 for about a
week. They are from Cherokee
N.C.. Welcome to Florida. Sorry
y'all couldn't stay long enough
to get that sun tan you wanted
(or for Corey to get to know
"Nature" Boy better).

Ruby Bert, wife of Robert Bert,
has been seriously ill in the
Broward Hospital in Ft. Laud-
erdale for the past two months.
Friends. she would appreciate
any visitors flowers cr a card.
Get well soon Ruby.
Billie Osceola, chairman of the
Seminole Tribal Council, just
returned from Phoenix Arizona
where he attended a meeting of
some Indian leaders with the
United States Secretary of
Interior.

The Seminole Okalee Village at
". Dania reopened on November
21st to the public.
Laxle and Laura Mae Osceola
will be in New York at the Show
Case television J.:ow to adver-
tise the Seminole Okalee Village
at Dania, as an Indian tourist
attraction in South Florida.

Bill Osceola, Joe Bowers and
Johnrne Tucker went to Okla-
homa and .Texas and back
around Nov. 15 to attend church
meetings.

Stanley and Nancy Smith are
back in Florida living in Palm
Beach.

Howard and Dorothy Tommie
had a fine baby boy. Congratula-
tions.

Sheriff Jackle Willie fell from
the roof of a chickee Cte was
working on ardi was laid off
work for about a weok. What's
the matter Jackie, having trouble
standing on your feet?

The little league Dania Onti-
mists football team, which
eleven of our Indian boyr are
playing on, hasn't lost a game
jyt. Only one team has even
scored on them. It looks like the
colleges will be looking for you
. :. boys.

S- DRIVE-IN T.V. SERVICE
Auto Radio Specialists
6601 S.W. 8th Street
OPEN 7 DAYS 9 to9

S.. Gulf Oil Products
/ Royal Palm Hamtu,,ock
'-" Meece Ellis Jr. prop.
17 iMles East of Naples on
S. Tarliami Trail U.S. 41
MIDWAY 2-4804 Everglades
S FLORIDA
SNAPLES


TOM'S STANDARD OIL
, 225 Ninth St. N. Naples, Fla.
MI 2-3155
Tom. O.B. Willie. Jim


The new officers were picked
out on the Board of Directors.
Credit Dept. Charlotte Osceola
and Leota Osceloa from Dania:
From Brighton, John Henry
Gopher and Andrew Jackson
Bowers; From Big Cypress,
Margaret Johns and Jimmie
Cypress. So if you need credit
see these people.
Jimmie Cypress, loser in pres-
ident race, was elected as vice-
president of the Board of Di-
rectors. Maybe things weren't
too bad, Jimmie.
Willie* Frank of Big Cypress,
Toby John of Brighton were
appointed to work on the Land
Use and Development Com-
mittee with Howard Tiger,
president of the Board and
Billie Osceola, Chairman of the
Council. Laura Mae Osceola
was re-elected secretary treas-
urer of the Board of Directors
for ne w, twx % J~ jir. D...
officers, let's get together now
and do a good job for the
Seminole Tribe of Florida.

In the middle of October, Virgil
Harrington, U. S. Indian Agent,
attended a school in Denver,
Colorado for all United States
superintendents of Indian res-
ervations. Did you make the
grade, Mr. Harrington?


Rex Quinn, Indian organizer
specialist from the Department
of Interior in Washington DC.
was a recent visitor in South
Florida, around October 28.


Jimmie Scott from Brighton
and Dorothy Withelow from
Oklahoma were married at Bil-
lie Osceola's house in October.
GOOD LUCK FOLKS.

The Semirle Tribe of Florida
had a great loss la:': CAtober
when five of our Indians were
drc.--ned in a canal in their
automobile n'zar Clewiston. They
were John Buster, Bol(>ie
Jumper, Rosalie Wise and her
two children Jchin age 8 and
Bessie, 6. The chiJlren's father,
Webster Wise lives in Seminole
Oaklahocrn.'a.


Miccosukee Seminole
DICTIONARY
English Miccosukee Muskogee
(Seminole)
Black Loo-chee lus-tee
Red Kitis-chee Chah-tee
Yellow Lug ni Lah-ne
Green Ho-note-bee Ho-la-tee
Horse Ca-wah-yee Cho-thokoh
Bird Phone-she Focsh-wah
Money Ka-nowee Too-koo-nawah


HIER'S GROCERY
GOchopee
Meats, Groceries, Frozen Foods.
Coarse Grits
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
P. 0. Box 2, Ochopee, Fla..
OX 5-2248

BLUE HERON BOAT DOCKS
Chokoloskee, Florida
Bait, Boats, Tackle, Boat Hoist
Motel Charter Boats Guides
End o' the Road St. Rd. 29
OX 5-3623


Miss Purity Laundry
COIN OPERATED
20 Washers 7 Dryers

6521 S. W. 8th St., Miami


Douglas Osceola's son, Douglas,
Jr. practicing Laskctball, fell on
the floor, and a team-m.ate fell
on him. His foot was sorely in-
jured. He has been successfully
treated by the medicine man.
Sounds more like football, Doug.

Johnson Billie. who was in an
acci::nt on the Tamiami Trail
and hit a tree several months
ago. got to feeling worse and
worse. until he could hardly
walk. He had his back x-rayed
and found that some of his back-
bones were dislocated. He has
been treated by a white doctor,
and can walk more easily. He
will be able to lead the Snake
Dance again next year. Speedy
recovery, Johnson. we need you
in the Snake Dance!

Douglas Osceloa's daughter,
Wanda Joyce Osceola, is now
playing the clarinet in the Ever-
glades Junior High School band,
and is also cheerleader at the
basketball games. Nice going.
Wanda. keep it up!

Homer Oscecola finally broke
down and bought a new car
a Mercurv!

Douglas and John Osceola were
working on their air boat when
the Propallor accider,'ally start-
ed turning. Douglas' head stopp-
ed it, accidentally. He :tad 12
stiches, $39 worth, taken in this
scalp wound. He feels alright
now.

Jimmy Tiger now has a tele-
phone, the number is Frog City
25. Jimmy is one of the Tiger
Boys that Indian Agent Reginald
Miller has said he is going to
gct government aid for. Con-
g, atulations. Jimmy.
Agnes Cypress bought a 1957
hard-tcpped Ford with a T-Bird
motor from William Lehman
Motors in South Miami. If you
see something whisk by. it's
Agnes.


Little Margret Osceola, 10 years
old, heard tihe broadcast over
WQAM that anyc-ne who brought
in 603 Dr. Fapper bottle caps
would be given a transistor
radio. Margaret went up and
down the Tamiami Trail and
picked up 600 Dr. Pepper caps.
She delivered them personally to
the Dupont building. Margaret
has never yet received the radio
she was promised.

Wild Bill Osceola's home re-
cently suffered from gar fish
fall out.
The U.S. Army engineers, blast-
ed 'his roof.
Boulders from dynamitir.- by
the Army engir.3ers, who are
building a dike for flood control
along the north side of the
Tamiami Trail tore through his
chickee roof.
"Fortunately we happened to
be away from home," said Wild
Bill, "because those seventy-
five pound boulders could have
hurt somebody. What would
have happened if one of my
children had been sitting there?
You should see my roof!"


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PLACE NAMES


Chokoloskee means "old house"
in the Muskogee language, the
name of the island near Ever-
glades City.
'Pa-ha-yo-kee means "grassy"
in Miccosukca, and the white
man shortened it to Pahokee;
the name oif a tow onr Lske
Okeechobee.
"O-cho-pee" means farm, any
,kir.- Qf,..farm.i 'p Miooosukee.
It is a farming town on the
Tamiami Trail.
"Ah-mo-glc 2" means "my home"
in Miccosukee. It has become
Immokalee a town on Road 29.
"Ocalee" in Miccosukee means
"still water." And it is what
you'd say if you'd been wading
through lots of water and came
on lots more water "still
water". This became Ocala, the
town in Central Florida.
"O-kee-fo-lo-gee" means a furriel
of water in Miccosukee. It has
'become. Okeefonokee, the name
of the big southeast Georgia
swamp.


6101 CLEANERS
One Hour Martininzing
One Hour Cleaning Every Day
6101 S.W. 8th St., Miami


PIT-BAR B-QUE
CHICKEN and RIBS
BEST IN TOWN
7107 N. W. 32 Avenue
MIAMI
Big Cypress Bend Camp
Air Boat Rides Texaco Gas
Sandwiches and Beer
SANDWICHES and BEER
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
Ochopee Florida, 7 miles west
of Hwy. 29 on 41

City Of Homestead Florida
Gateway to Everglades
National Park
and Florida Keys
"THE FRIENDLY CITY"

In Immohalee it's
GLENN-DALE MARKET
Meats-Groceries-Produce
Immokalee, Florida
PO BOX 715
RANCH KITCHEN
10 mi. W. Dade Co. Line
Lunches 85c to $1.00
Orchidville, Florida
REAL HOME COOKING
PO BOX 3, Ochopee, Florida


Personals From Glades


COOKBOOK

FRIED GARFISH


Nobody ever nceds to go hungry
ir, the Everglades as long, as
there are garfish in the canals.
Gig your garfish. Cut him open
and scoop out the two pieces
of meat from the thick skin.
Boll it until the meat turns
white, about 20 or 30 minut-es.
Remove from water. Mix flour
and water and chopped onions.
Salt the boiled fish, dip it in
"flOtt' mtixttre. and fry it in deep,
hot fat.


Everglades Small Boat Dock
Complete Fishing Facillties
and Accommodations
Capt. Ted. R. Smallwood
OX 5-3591 OX 5-3331
Everglades, Fla BOX 95


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GEORGES' USED CARS
On Dixie Hiway Gouids Fla.
Cars from $100.00 up
We Finance our own
BUY HERE -PAY HERE
Phone CE 7-0854


"We Dress and Shoe the
entire Family"
Cand C Mercantitle Co.
Immokalee, Florida


ANNOUNCING NEW PHONE
Dade County Employees
Local 1363 AFL-CIO
2936 N.W. 17th Avenue
NE 4-4141
Meets 4 Tuesday each Month
WOOTEN'S -
Everglade Air Boat Tours
2 mi. W. of Ochopee, Fia.
On Rt. 41, 38 Mi. E. of Naples
EXPERIENCED GUIDES
THRU MANGROVE SWAMP
DRIVE-IN TV
SERVICE
Auto Radio Specialists-
6601 SW 8th St. Open 7 days
9 to 9 Miami


._TAMIAMI MOTOR PARTS--
Complete Auto Parts
Carburetors-Generators
STARTERS
7044 S.W. 8th St. CA 6-2223


Dachton Gun and Tackle
Prompt Delivery and Pick-up
Expert Gun and Tackle
Repairs
All Fresh and Saltwater Baits
Live Saltwater Shrimp
Fishing Information
5921 S.W. 8th St. MO 74708


Guy Osceola, son of 'Cory
Osceola, passed his college en-
trance exams, and has entered
college in Pembroke; North
Carolina. He came home for
Thanksgiving holidays. Con-
gratulations, Guy.

William McKinley Os c e o 1 a 'a
Village (and gift shop) 30 miles.
west of Miami on the Tamiami
Trail had a fine Hallowe'en party
for 50 or 60 folks. The children
enjoyed potato sack races, bal-
loon-blowing contests and apple-
bobbing conrtets. Refreshments$,
were served following the games
and play.

Rainy Jim took his bride 'on a
late honeymoon in the Everglad-
es in his airboat, ran out of gas.
and got soaking wet in the rain.
When they didn't return for
several hours Rainy's unrcle
Douglas Osceola. and his mother,
Mittie Jim, went out and found
the young couple and brought
them home safe.


Published monthly by Seminole Indian News, Inc., P. O. Box 44-234, Tamiami
Station, Miami, Florida, a Mkcowsuk* and Seminole Indian private enterprise.



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Fla.Everglades. The so-called election called by the Tiger
family on December 17 in their effort to organize a third
tribe turned out to be a complete failure. Only 27 Indians
turned out to vote, out of the 300 they claimed. Of these
27, fourtwere reliably reported to be members of the Seminole
Tribe in Dania, and ineligible to vote.Earlier this weekR.C.
Miller, Interior agent, had stated that no member of the Sem-
inole Tribe would be eligible to vote in this so-called elec-
tion.Prior to -the election, Miller was very evasive when ques
tioned about so-called absentee ballots. At first he said
there were 11, then 14. Of the 14, 8 were discovered to be
members of the Seminole Tribe in Dania, ineligible to vote.
And 4 of those allegedly casting an absentee ballot were seen
in the vicinity of where the election wps taking place, some
of whom denied they were participants in the election.
o- Atoding to Micoosukee Tribal Councilman John Osceola,
there were, in his words, "12 borrowed voters from the other
Tribe in Dania". Photographs of three of these "borrowed"
voters were taken by the Seminole Indian News, and appear
at the right of this page. From top to bottom,they are Jack
Kelly, Johnny White and Stanley Frank (running to avoid the
camera). Pictured above, smiling Jubilantly, are Miccosukee
Tribal leaders Bill Osceola, Billie Doctor and John Osceola
(L-R), who were non-participating observers.Although happy
over the outcome, they feared the U.S.Interior Dept. would
try to go ahead with a 3rd tribe with or without a legal
. election. Pictured below is the home of two of the Indians
who allegedly cast "absentee ballots", located inside the
election area. Miller could show no regulation pertaining to
the casting of so-called absentee ballots. Tribal Councilman
John Osceola said, "As far as I am concerned, they tried
every way they knew to rig their election. They might have
S gotten away with it if-we hadn't kept a close eye on themV"
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peace treaty with our people.
He promised to leave our people
alone to live in peace forever
on our Everglades land. Our
great-grandfathers signed this
treaty, ard for over 100 years
our people lived in. peace on our
land under it. Then we recently
discovered the United States was
refusing to honor this treaty.
The federal government is still
trying all different ways to push
us off our land. In 1950 they even
went so far as to encourage the
filing of fake claims in the
United States Indian Claims
Commission, to make it look like
our people wanted to sell our
land, and would take money for
it. These claims are still there
today. They will take away our
homes, but to this government
bureau they are just 73 and 73A.
In 1954 our council finally pro-
tested these injustices to Presi-
dent Eiserhower in our Buck-
skin Declaration, which we
heard he still keeps in his private
museum. We asked him to send
his special representative to
negotiate. with our people an
agreement that would once and
for all let us live in peace on
our land.
For over six years our councils
negotiated ir. good faith with
President Eisenhower's special
representative, and we thought
agreements bhad been made,
because some of them were sign.
ed by the United States Secret.
ary of Interior himself in 1960.
meu -- a -
Then the United States got a
new President, John Kennedy
ar.d we heard good things about
him. He said good things about
the rights of small countries
and the right of self determina-
tion. He spoke like a man of
honor and integrity.


But his Secretary of Interior
Udall turned out to be one of
the greatest enemies of our
people 100 years ago.
We do not have words to de-
scribe what 'he is doing except
the words written by United
States Congressman, Joshua
Giddings 100 years ago is exactly
true again. In his book, "The
Exiles of Florida" he said:
"Florida was purchased; Treat-
les with the Florida Indians
were made and violated; gross


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frauds were perpetrated; dis-
honorable expedients were re-
sorted bribery and treach-
ery were practiced towards .
The Seminoles; flags of truce
were violated; the pledged faith
of the nation was disregarded.
"Men who wielded the influence
of government for the con-
summation of these crimes,
assiduously labored to surpress
all knowledge of their guilt; to
keep the facts from the popular
mind; to falsify the history of
current events, and prevent an
exposure of our national turpi-
tude."
These things are being done to
us again rnow.
After years of negotiating and
agreements they are still trying
to push us off our land push
through a fake claini of some
lawyers that some reservation
Indians want to sell our land.
They haven't gone to so much
trouble since 1832 when they
made a fake treaty at Paynes
Landing.

Our people retreated into the
Everglades, and we believed we
had a treaty with the U.S. gov-
ernment that said they would
leave us alone in our homes
there. In the past ten years we
discovered this wasn't so. We
found out that federal bureau
people in Washington were try-
ing to work it so that the treaties
the U.S. signed with our great-
grandfathers a hundred years
ago would be gottr. around. We
found they were trying to get
Indians to sell the Miccosukee
Seminoles land.

In 1957. our Miccosukee people
who had always refused to live
on reservations and be told what
to do by Indian bureau agents
organized our Miccouskee tribe.
If you are an Indian and live
on a reservation a white or
half-breed Indian agent has the
power to tell you what to do,
and the state or federal govern-
ment ,has the right to take away
your land, any time they want,
for power lines, or anything


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When we reorganized our tribe,
President Eiserhower's secretary
of Interior Seaton told us that
we couldn't organize under what
he called the Indian Reorganiza-
tion Act because we did not live
on a reservation but he did
officially recognize our Tribe. He
said if we went on a reservation,
or got together with reservation
Indians who were organizing to
get money, we would get money
for this and that from the
government. But all we wanted
was our land, with assurance
that our people could have it
and live on it, for as long as
there is a Miccosukee Tribe of
Seminole Indians.
President Eisenhower's Secre-
tary of Interior also said we
would have to be on a reserva-
tion to get federal benefits and
protections.
But now, under President John
F. Kennedy, an Indian agent
has .been sent to the Everglades
to organize a small group of
Miccosukee Seminoles who do
not live on the reservation. They
r.nver sent an agent before. It
sounds like what happened a
hundred years ago, when "bribe-
ry and treachery were practiced
towards the Seminoles."


Secretary of Interior Udall's
Indian Agent is now trying to
set up a third tribe, is offering
them various "federal benefits"
from a "revolving loan fund" of
the Interior Bureau ar.d doing
it without a reservation. This
agent says that the recognition
given our tribe by Secretary of
Interior Seaton was illegal. To
some hungry Miccosukee Indians
off the reservations this has
looked so good that they are
going a ot"n Wivath rs -M
Agent to set up this third tribe
that can receive handouts.


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On December 17, Udall's Indian
Agont is going to get this group
of Indians to stage an election
to set up this third tribe, which
has agreed to take money instead
of land. Because there are so
few of them we hear they are
even ,borrowing Indians from
the other reservation tribe in
Dania to make it look like a
real election. After the so-called
election, we can see they will
try to tell the world our tribe
has agreed to sell our land for
money when it is not.
*But what we, the council of the
Miccosukees do not understand
is this: When we reorganized
In 1957 the Indian Bureau people
said:
"'You cart get any federal hand-
outs if you don't organize under
the federal reorganization act,
and you can't do that unless
you live on a reservation."
We said, as we always did, "We
don't want handouts, we want
our land, and we don't and won't
live on a reservation on welfare."
Now they say, to this third tribe
they are trying to organize
under the Indian Reorganization
Act: We'll help you with loans."
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who have been to U.S. schools
about the idea of "divide. and
conquer." We appealed to Presi-.
dent. Kennedy about this policy
two months ago. He didn't
answer at all. Our only hope
now lies with the American
people.
There must be someone who will
help us.
The Executive Council


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