The central part of the book, covering DuVal's long tenure as governor of Florida, includes a well-constructed examination of his efforts to come to terms with the five thousand Seminoles, Miccosukees
, and Creeks who lived within Florida's boundaries.
The visiting Seminoles and Miccosukees in the new village of Miami at the mouth of the Miami River, to trade at Brickell's or Storter's stores, were captured by Ralph Middleton Monroe.
Keep in mind most Seminoles and Miccosukees were shown bare-legged and barefoot.
Currently, as part of the educational project, he's working with two Florida Indian tribes--the Miccosukees
and the Seminoles--to draw parallels between tribal justice and the restorative justice and mediation movement.
Instead, he stated that the Miccosukees were an independent and reclusive people who wanted nothing to do with government plans to create a reservation for them on the Everglades lands where they already lived.
When questioned closely by subcommittee members such as Senator George Smathers of Florida, who wanted to know if the Indian people did not want to have control over their own lands, Tiger's rejoinder was, "I will tell you now I am pretty sure my people won't like that." (11) The committee never convinced Buffalo Tiger that Indians should take ownership of the land; they totally missed the point that the Miccosukees already considered the Everglades theirs to use.
If you want to learn nearly everything about the Seminole/ Miccosukee wars in 5.03 minutes listen to another of my favorite tracks from Space Age Indian, 'We won't Be Leaving' tells the story, all too familiar in Indian Country, of how, after repeated broken treaties and incursions on their land the Miccosukees decided "We'll hide in the swamps and fight when we can.
My collection music by Tiger, Tiger, the Miccosukee rock band from my home region of Southeast Florida, is (nearly) complete with addition of Space Age Indian, their first album and the one I most recently purchase.
Kersey also devotes attention to the Miccosukees
, an off-reservation group culturally related to the Seminoles, with members were typically less acculturated than reservation residents.
Again, the Seminoles and Miccosukees
have worn very distinctive kinds of ordinary clothing continuously to the present; the evolution of their distinctive, though not unprecedented, "patchwork" style is a matter of considerable interest to scholars (e.g., Downs 1995), especially since it seems to have successfully made the transition to contemporary commercial clothing designs.
Five years later, Seminole relatives in the Everglades established a separate sovereignty as the Miccosukee
Tribe of Florida Indians.
Unconquered People: Florida's Seminole and Miccosukee