Seminole Tribe of Florida Celebrates Big Cypress Seminole Reservation’s 119th Anniversary

The Seminole Tribe of Florida will celebrate Big Cypress Seminole Reservation’s 119th anniversary, Saturday, January 10, at the Junior Cypress Rodeo Grounds. This year’s celebration will feature a concert by country music superstars Gary Allan and Montgomery Gentry beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Big Cypress Seminole Reservation 119th anniversary celebration kicks-off at 11 a.m. with a grand entry by Seminole Tribe of Florida leaders and royalty. Beginning at 11:45 a.m.,

Chief Jim Billie Band strikes familiar chord at 17th annual AIAC

By Peter B. Gallagher with the Seminole Tribune November 25, 2014 BIG CYPRESS — James E. Billie’s musical career, dormant for nearly three years while he recovered from complications sustained in a horse training accident, came alive with fervor Nov. 8 when the Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and his longtime six-piece band took the stage at the American Indian Arts Celebration sponsored by the Tribe’s Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum.

Vintage Seminole Doll Collection Preserved for Generations to Come

By Eileen Soler with the Seminole Tribune BIG CYPRESS — Phyllis Cofrancesco received her first Seminole doll in the early 1950s when she was a young girl living in Connecticut. Her parents gave her the doll as a South Florida vacation souvenir. “I had never seen a doll made of tree bark. The clothing on the doll was much different than my ’50s clothing. It was a colorful cotton frock,

Get to Know Iconic Woman from Seminole Tribe: Louise Gopher

Article courtesy of Art Levy The former director of education for the Seminole Tribe of Florida talks about the value of education in her life and other lessons learned. “I was the first female member of the Seminole Tribe to earn a bachelor’s degree. I lived in Fort Pierce, and a junior college had been built, Indian River Community College, and I finished two years there and then went to

5 Facts You Should Know About the Seminole Tribe of Florida History

According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal (July 5, 2013 issue), Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa was noted as the fifth largest private employer in 2013. The property currently employs over 3,300 employees. Prior to its $75 million expansion in 2012, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa had a total impact of over $533 million in annual expenditures. The expansion increased the economic total impact by $59

A Matriarch of the Seminole Tribe of Florida: Ruby Tiger Osceola

You may or may not have noticed the statue that greets you when you get off of the elevator near the South Garage at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. The woman standing in front of you is Ruby Tiger Osceola, a woman with a vast amount of courage, strength, bravery and respect. She is referred to as a matriarch of the Seminoles who live right here in Tampa

Announcing Newly Launched Feature: Seminole Tribe Tuesday

Photo courtesy of Joey Wright Photography When selecting the locations for the 2015 Hard Rock Girls calendar, it was only fitting to shoot it in a location that depicts the natural Seminole way of life. Each week we will share a story about the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the owners of Hard Rock International, for a newly launched feature #SeminoleTribeSaturday. The unique confluence of culture and circumstance which would become

The 2015 Hard Rock Girls Go Native at Big Cypress Reservation

Get your sunscreen out because the 2015 Hard Rock Girls are going native and it’s going to be hot. The four day photo shoot will be held in South Florida’s Billie Swamp Safari where various locales on the Big Cypress Reservation will be utilized.  The 20 beautiful girls will be shot in various areas such as: open fields, an old gator pit, an old Seminole Village, an old Seminole canoe,

10 Milestones in 10 Years at Hard Rock Tampa

Original Hard Rock building 2004 Tribe purchases Hard Rock International 2007 $120 Million Expansion 2007 Banked Card Games Compact signing –Jim & Governor Crist 2007 Las Vegas style slots debut 2008 30th anniversary of BINGO 2009    HRC Grand Opening-January  2011 Big Job Fair hiring 400 in 2012 $75 Million Expansion–January with Paula Abdul 2013 10th Anniversary-March 2014  

Get to Know Seminole Tribe of Florida Chairman James Billie

James E. Billie was born at a chimpanzee farm on the Dania Beach Cutoff Canal in 1943 and lived in several Seminole camps after the death of his mother, when he was nine years old.  He never knew his father. After attending Haskell Indian School in Lawrence, Kansas, Billie served in the Army in Vietnam.  He returned to Florida and began work for the Seminole Tribe of Florida in its