The Seminole tribe improved their independence by adopting a constitutional form of government. This allowed them to act more independently. So on July 21, 1957, tribal members voted in favor of a Seminole Constitution which established the federally recognized Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Marcellus Osceola Jr., 44, lives on the Hollywood Seminole Indian Reservation and is an entrepreneur who previously was elected to the tribal council and the board of directors, tribe spokesman Gary Bitner said in a news release.
The Seminole tribe resisted government authority by: They fought a war against the United States.
Unfortunately, the Seminole Tribe’s gambling taxes are now causing major issues with Florida lawmakers. It all stems from a 2010 agreement in which the tribe pays annual taxes to the government in return for exclusive rights to offer casino-style games.
Once a month, every man, woman and child in the tribe gets a check for $1,000 – up from $300 a year ago. The money is generated from the tribe’s gaming tables, with revenue divided equally among members after expenses.
Almost all of the tribe’s $525 million in annual dividends flows from the Seminoles ‘ seven Florida casinos, which are worth an estimated $10.4 billion.
Today, the Shakopee Mdewakanton are believed to be the richest tribe in American history as measured by individual personal wealth: Each adult, according to court records and confirmed by one tribal member, receives a monthly payment of around $84,000, or $1.08 million a year.
The Seminole are a Native American people originally from Florida. Today, they live in Oklahoma and Florida, and comprise three federally recognized tribes: the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, as well as independent groups.
” Jim ” Allen is the chairman of Hard Rock International and chief executive officer of Seminole Gaming.
|Trail of Tears|
|Attack type||Forced displacement|
|Deaths||Cherokee (4,000) Creek Seminole (3,000 in Second Seminole War – 1835–1842) Chickasaw (3,500) Choctaw (2,500–6,000) Ponca (200)|
|Victims||Five Civilized Tribes of Cherokee, Muscogee, Seminole, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Ponca and Ho-Chunk/Winnebago nations|
Most removed as a result of the Treaty of Payne’s Landing (1832). The first group of migrants, under the leadership of Chief Holahte Emathla, arrived in present Oklahoma in 1836. By 1839 most of the Seminole had been relocated west.
The ” Trail of Tears ” claimed thousands of lives including one-fourth of the Cherokee Tribe due to hunger, cold, disease and sorrow. Only one group of Indians — the Seminoles — successfully resisted removal and they did so fiercely. Their resistance to removal brought about the Second Seminole War.
Today the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa is the flagship of Hard Rock International, generating $1 billion a year in revenue for a corporation with total revenues of nearly $6 billion annually, said Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International and president of Seminole Gaming.
Today, the Seminole Tribe of Florida owns and operates all units except the Las Vegas, Sioux City, Tulsa, and Vancouver properties.
Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Center is owned by Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida.