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Miccosukee Seminole Nation Frontier
CURRENT INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
By Bert Collier, Herald Staff Writer
The Miami Herald
November 21, 1958
Four emissaries of the
Miccosukee Seminole Indians returned from Washington
Thursday with news that the tribe has a good chance of
getting thousands of acres of Everglades land
from the government.
Buffalo Tiger, chief of the
delegation, said the tribe considers
the land its own, by ancient right. The
Indians tried to get
that point over in talks with high officials,
Emmons, U.S. commissioner for Indian affairs.
But the real ace in the hole, Buffalo Tiger said, is the
recent discovery of musty old treaties with
England, Spain and France guaranteeing the Indians rights to
Even the Louisiana Purchase
Agreement is cited by the Indians in
their Washington pow-wows. In This, Napoleon’s government
demanded that the U.S. recognize the rights of "Spain’s
Indians," which the Seminoles claimed
to be at that time." Buffalo Tiger said he and his three
colleagues will report results of their Washington talks to
the tribal council and will receive instructions for further
"I would say that the trip was a success," said the
leader of the tribal council.
Buffalo Tiger was accompanied by Sam Willie, medicine
man and patriarch of the "Trail" Indians; Nelson Panther,
Sam Willie’s son.
Morton Silver, the Miccosukees’ attorney, made the trip. The
Indians also received aid from Mrs. Evelyn Harvey, head of
the Miccosukee Seminole Indian Association.