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THE MICCOSUKEE NATION - -
IDENTITY AND RIGHTS

by
MORTON H. SILVER
&
Co-Counsel
GEORGE JOHN MILLER
Copyright 1958 - 2004, All rights reserved.
 


The information below was
 important to State and Federal recognition of the
Everglades (Mayan) Miccosukee Tribe of (Aztec) Seminole Indians.
Prepared by Legal Counsel
Morton H. Silver and George John Miller, Co-Counsel to
The Sovereign Miccosukee Seminole Nation.


Page 9

In the late 'thirties the United States, having lost heavily in men and money in its fruitless attempts to conquer the Miccosukee Nation and its allies, sent the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Army, General Alexander Macomb, also sometimes spelled "McComb," to negotiate at any cost an end to the Seminole Wars.  Meanwhile, several decades earlier, some of the members of the tribes in the tottering Creek Confederacy had moved south out of the Carolinas and Georgia and had settled in Central Florida with the acquiescence of the Miccosukee Nation.  In addition many runaway slaves had fled into Florida and lived in scattered groups.  They were called by the Indians "Seminolees," generally interpreted by the whites to mean "runaways" but literally meaning "people whom the Sun God does not love."  The whites cleverly dubbed the migrant Indians "Seminoles" and called them the "Seminole Tribe."  Still more cleverly from a propaganda standpoint, the United States officials at an early period began to refer to the Miccosukee Nation as Seminoles and to create the fiction that there was and had been only one tribe or nation of Indians in Florida, namely the Seminoles. (4)

Footnote:

4. The famous anthropologist and authority on Florida Indians, Frank Drew, in his Notes on the Origin of the Seminole Indians of Florida,  6 FLORIDA HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY 22 (1927)

 


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