Billy Cypress

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    November 18, 2014

    A Gay -- or "Two-Spirit" -- Miccosukee Man Fights for the Everglades

    Just off the six lanes of Tamiami Trail, west of Florida's Turnpike and behind a Kentucky Fried Chicken, a secret gate leads to a backyard where dugout canoes rest under a chickee hut. Across the grass and through a sliding-glass door is a living room that doubles as the Medicine Signs Spiritual Cen ... More >>

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    October 1, 2013

    Thomas Cypress Ordered to Pay $5 Million for DUI Crash That Killed Two Tourists

    Thomas Cypress, the brother of Billy Cypress, the former chairman of the Miccosukee Indian Tribe, has been ordered by a civil court to pay $5 million for the deaths of Robert and Paulette Kirkpatrick. The elderly tourist couple was killed back in 2009 when Cypress hit their car with his truck. His b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Miccosukee Tribe Again Avoids Lawsuit Over Fatal 2009 Car Crash

    A wrongful death lawsuit against the Miccosukee Tribe over a fatal car accident on tribal lands has once again run into resistance in the courts. On January 20, 2009, Coconut Grove resident Tatiana Furry left Miccosukee Resort and Gaming after a night of gambling and drinking, then got into a head- ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    Miccosukee Casino Ripping Off Winners? Gamblers Sue The Tribe For Bingo Taxes

    Miami husband-and-wife John Ricone and Francys Tolon-Ricone were apparently wielding a hot blotter when they played bingo at the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Indian casino in 2008. In two trips that year, they won just under $5,500. When the tribe paid them their winnings, they remitted $1,500 for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Tatiana Furry, Killed in Mysterious Miccosukee Crash, Had Blood Alcohol Content of .32

    Tatiana FurryTwenty months after a mysterious car accident near Miccosukee Indian land claimed the life of Coconut Grove woman Tatiana Furry, the State Atorney's Office has concluded its investigation and released a shocker. According to an autopsy report, Furry had a blood alcohol content (B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Thomas Cypress Pleads Guilty to DUI Manslaughter

    Thomas Cypress is going to jail for drinking, driving and killing a Maryland couple.‚ÄčThe 55-year-old brother of former Miccosukee Indian Chairman Billy Cypress is pleading guilty to two counts of DUI manslaughter. On February 19 of last year, Thomas Cypress was behind the wheel of his truck on Ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Billy Cypress, Miccosukee Tribe Casino Probed by IRS

    The Internal Revenue Service is investigating Billy Cypress, the former leader of the Miccosukee Tribe for income tax violation. Cypress, who oversaw the construction of the tribe's casino in Southwest Miami Dade, had a high roller's reputation that included frequent trips to Las Vegas, says the Mia ... More >>

  • News

    May 14, 2009

    Renegade Road

    A woman perishes in a collision with an Indian leader's kin. Her family cries coverup.

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    April 22, 2004

    Welcome to Fabulous Tallahassee

    Where your humble state legislators work hard by day and play hard by night

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    July 18, 2002

    God's Eye on the Sparrow

    Should 2700 little birds be allowed to hold up the reclaiming of the Everglades?

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    March 21, 2002

    Member of the Tribe

    Please, don't call the art they like primitive

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    April 20, 2000

    Sew Shall She Reap

    Miccosukee designer Renee Osceola combines a flair for high fashion with an acute understanding of native tradition

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    July 15, 1999
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    June 24, 1999

    River of Cash

    The Miccosukees' $50 million swampside gamble showcases alligator rasslin' and traffic galore

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    December 12, 1996

    The Last of the Indian Wars

    The fight may be about houses in the Everglades, but the battle is about Miccosukee independence by paula park

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    February 29, 1996

    Left Out

    When Everglades National Park chief Dick Ring held a feel-good camp-out in the Dry Tortugas, he really toasted some people's marshmallows

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    March 30, 1995

    This Is Not the USA

    He thought he was just doing his job and playing by the rules. Then he learned that the rules are very different in the sovereign nation of the Miccosukee.

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    December 22, 1994

    Old War, New Battle

    The Miccosukee Indians' desire to build new homes pits them, once again, against the federal government

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    May 13, 1992