her people. 6 By 1842, most Seminoles and Black Seminoles had been coerced or forced to move to Indian Territory west of the Mississippi River. As European-American colonization increased after the treaty, colonists pressured the Federal government to remove Natives from Florida. Seminole women wore wraparound skirts, usually woven from palmetto. Although many Seminoles were forced to move to Oklahoma, a few held out in the deep swamps of Florida. Over land, the Seminoles used dogs as pack animals. Tribes seeking settlements had to file claims by August 1961, and both the Oklahoma and Florida Seminoles did. Seminole Legends : Collection of Seminole Indian legends and folktales. Was that an alliance like the Iroquois Confederacy? Activities, take a ten question quiz about this page. One is Indian Shoes, a charming collection of short stories about a contemporary Cherokee-Seminole boy and his grandfather. 26 The federal government put the settlement in trust until the court cases could be decided.
They promised lands west of the Mississippi River if the chiefs agreed to leave Florida voluntarily with their people. 42 In 1957 the nation reorganized and established formal relations with the US government as the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The authors' names are Laura Redish and Orrin Lewis and the title of our site is Native Languages of the Americas. Osceola became a symbol of freedom that the Seminole people looked to for years to come. What was Seminole culture like in the past? They also began building their houses on wooden stilts that raised the floor two or three feet off the ground. Each Seminole tribe has its own government, laws, police, and services, just like a small country. This is a child friendly, educational site about American Indians and members of the First Nations - excellent! At that time, numerous refugees of the Red Sticks migrated south, adding about 2,000 people to the population. Since its establishment, gaming has become an important source of revenue for tribal governments. Seminole Tribe of Florida, and, miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, as well as independent groups. 6 After the United States achieved independence, its settlers increased pressure on Seminole lands, leading to the Seminole Wars (18181858).