I hope to meet you some day. I have known Carla, who you currently work with in Tampa, for many years. In fact, I have known her and her mother Louise Gopher, since before Carla attended FSU. We in Orlando are fortunate to have members of the Tribe from Brighton Reservation join us for over 10 years now at our annual Bobby Bowden banquet event. Carla joined us again this year. Her mother is the Director of Eduction for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. She was on our program, along with several Brighton children. They shared with us how one day a week the children are in classes to learn their native Creek lanquage and customs. The children said the alphabet and their names in Creek, and then said the blessing for our meal in Creek. It was a mutally enjoyable event for all in attendance. There are also Seminole ladies selling their beautiful crafts, so we have the opportunity to buy all types of patchwork items others in this thread have said they would like to purchase. There is a company out of the Tampa area that sells these items via a catalog and website. Perhaps you could provide that information for those that would like to order some items. I can't seem to find it.
We deeply appreciate your imput.
Posted on 8/10 11:55 AM | IP: Logged
Emily, I am from Tallahasee and have lived here my entire life. I was raised on Seminole football and have always had a love for FSU starting back when I was 6 years old. My dream as a child was to oneday attend FSU and become a "Seminole." Well, I made a lot of mistakes and experienced a lot of failure at the hands of my own decision-making. But, I never quit and got back up each time I fell down. I just recently completed T.C.C and finally at 34 I regeistered as a junior at FSU on 8/8/05. There were times during the orientation I became teary eyed, because I knew I had finally made it.
After reading your post and the comments of T.K I realize my life-story is somewhat similar to the history of the Native Seminoles of Florida.
I guess my point is our name and our mascott, for I am sure many of us, have from this situation been reminded that they truly symbolize a spirit of courage and conviction to fight for what you believe in no matter how much adversity you experience.
And like you it disgusts me that ignorance threatens to take it away.
The Spirit of the Florida Seminole Tribe is truly a inspiration!
Posted on 8/10 4:05 PM | IP: Logged
It was nice to read your post. My brother-in-law is the Operations Mgr at the Museum on Big Cypress. His two brothers also work on the Reservation. One of them would have been at FSU while you were there. He was in the Marching Chiefs. I guess the best thing I can say about the Seminoles is what a great guy my brother-in-law is.
Posted on 8/10 5:40 PM | IP: Logged
Thank you for your post Emily!
It would seem that the NCAA did not talk very much with the Oklahoma Seminole Tribe!......The vote was 18-2!...Now there's due dilligence!
Posted on 8/11 1:12 PM | IP: Logged
How many people are on the Florida Tribe's Council? Add those with the 18 in favor of us in Oklahoma..and that is what I would call a landslide victory for us!