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LETTERS TO AMERICAN PUBLIC
JULY 29, 1962
AUGUST 14, 1962
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Miami Herald, Miami News, Associated Press
(Re-typed for clarity)
(UNITED STATES RECOGNITION - JANUARY 27, 1958)
P.O BOX 44-132
TEL. CA 1-7925
July 29, 1962
To The American Public and the Newspapers:
Many protests have been made to our Miccouskee Executive Council about our Miccosukee
Tribe wanting exclusive use or business concessions in certain parts of the Everglades,
which they said they say in recent newspaper stories.
Almost a year ago our Council predicted this might happen and made a public statement at
that time to warn the American public about it. Since it seems many people did not
remember what we said, or didn't see it, our Council would like to repeat it again , so
maybe this time everyone will have the story straight, once and for all time.
Almost a year ago our Council warned about a particular Miccosukee money hungry family,
now former members of our Miccosukee Tribe, that we heard had plans to trick the American
people into believing they were the spokesmen or official Council of our Tribe to make
themselves rich. Several months after our warning they did exactly what we said they
would. They held a fake election in December 1961 across the highway from their
village and with only a dozen or so Indians, all members of their own family, and five or
six Indians borrowed from the Reservation Tribe, tried to make it look like they had 20%
of our Tribe in the election. They didn't even have as much as 10%. After that
they started giving fake statements to the newspapers, and with the help of some white
people, tried to make people believe they were the Miccosukee Council, as we predicted
they would. They didn't even hold the election according to their own rules.
But they are not representatives, or even members, of our Miccosukee Tribe. We don't
know exactly what they are, but it looks like they are either a part of the Reservation
Tribe in Dania, since they use all their records and Indians whenever they need it, and
the agents from up there, or else the United States has formed a 3rd tribe. That
means there are now 2 reservations Tribes in addition to
our Miccosukee Tribe. The fact that they are using our Tribal
name proves that they are trying to fool the American Public, and we think it is very
wrong for the United States to let its Indian agent be a part of it.
We do not blame the American Public for being confused. Our own Council does not
understand how they think they can get away with it. There is only one Miccosukee
Tribe, not two, and that is our Tribe, which was given official recognition by the United
States two times - first by the Commissioner of the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
in Washington on January 27, 1958, over two years before this family started this monkey
business - and then again to prove this recognition was good the United States Secretary of
Interior himself gave us written recognition with his own signature. Our Tribal
Council has both documents to prove what we have said is true, and that any other
so-called Miccosukee Councilman are a fake.
Our True Miccosukee Council wants to make it clear to all our friends and everyone else
that our Miccosukee Tribe is opposed to this plan of this so-called Council, to keep white
people from doing business on this land. Our Miccosukee Council not only says this
now, but has said this for many many years - and have always wanted the white man to do
business there while our people lived together in friendship.
And do not believe for one minute that this plan will benefit our Miccosukee Tribe or our
people. The money they make, if they do, will only be used for this small family
whose only interest it is to make themselves rich at the expense of our people and the
people of Dade County. We have heard that they are thinking of even using it for
some Indians who have already received their benefits on the reservation, which is set up
For any further information please write our Tribe in care of 5760 S.W. 8th Street, Miami,
Florida - since we are not sure whether we still have a post office box.
THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
By their SGNs
Mailed Aug. 14, 1962
See also Seminole Indian News
Appeal To Public For Help!