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Jim Shore

General Counsel

Seminole Tribe Inc

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Seminole Tribe Inc

6300 Stirling Road

Hollywood, Florida,33024

United States

Company Description

The Seminole Tribe of Florida provides Community Libraries on four of the six Seminole Reservations. These are Billy Osceola Memorial Library in Brighton, Willie Frank Memorial Library in Big Cypress, Dorothy Scott Osceola Memorial Library in Hollywood, and Di... more.

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Tribe General Counsel

Jim Shore


Counsel

Tribal Enterprises


Seminole Attorney

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Casino City Newsletter: Issue 235 Volume 5 Page 1

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"At the minimum, the results of Tuesday's referendum should allow us to offer the Las Vegas-style gaming machines," said Jim Shore, general counsel for the Seminole Tribe.
But a broad view of the federal law "would It is the tribe's broad interpretation of the law that Shore said tribal leaders plan to push with the state. Shore, of the Seminole Tribe, said some courts in the western United States have ruled that allowing enhanced slot machines paves the way for other casino games. But he acknowledged there also have been legal opinions that have gone the other way.


www.pechanga.net

article Jim Shore: No gaming for land next to Seminole Tribe's casino
(California) -- Jim Shore, a member of the Seminole Tribe who serves as general counsel, explains land-into-trust application for site next to Seminole Coconut Creek... article Jim Shore: Seminole casino proves to be good neighbor (Florida) -- Recent news reports have referenced expansion plans for the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, with some in the community fearful of potential negative impacts.


#89. JIM SHORE - Someone born on a Native American reservation." - 100 Interviews

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#89. JIM SHORE - Someone born on a Native American reservation."
Jim Shore Jim Shore, the General Counsel for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, is completely blind behind his dark sunglasses. One eye was blind at birth and the other lost sight after a car accident in 1970. In 2002, Jim survived being shot three times, once in the chest. He was the first Seminole Indian to attend law school, and he helped negotiate the first acquisition of an international corporation by a tribe of Native Americans, a $965 million dollar deal that handed the entire Hard Rock casino, hotel and restaurant franchise to the Seminole Tribe. Jim Shore's story is remarkable, but Jim Shore would be the last person to tell you that. A couple weeks ago, my father and I went to the Seminole Tribe's South Florida headquarters for an official meeting with Jim. Everyone from the security guard to the office assistants was in awe of him. "His story is amazing," we heard over and over. We're directed to a conference room and soon enough, Jim enters. My father and I are instructed to stand and introduce ourselves when he arrives, so he knows from our voices where we're sitting. Jim is 66 years old. He has a round face, dark skin, and graying hair. He speaks with a mix of a Southern and Midwestern accent that sounds like he's a John Wayne character. He's a self-described hard worker and never takes vacations unless it's traveling for work. He's not married. Other than the occasional smirk, he doesn't make any facial expressions. He's extremely matter-of-fact. In the beginning, interviewing him is unnerving. It's not that he's distant or unfriendly. He's just all business. Jim was born in a traditional chickee hut on the Brighton Reservation near Glades County in northern Florida. He grew up on the res. His father had cattle and horses and Jim worked as a ranch hand, farmer and cowboy whenever he wasn't in school. His mother was a homemaker, taking care of Jim and his six siblings. When Jim was in the fourth grade, his government-funded reservation school shut down due to lack of money. All the students were transferred to the nearby public Okeechobee schools, after other public schools declined to take the reservation students. It was the first time Jim and the other young members of the Seminole Indian tribe were integrated in the community at large beyond quick trips into town. He graduated from Okeechobee High School in 1963. "They fought the U.S. government to the point where they quit fighting us and so forth," Jim says. "So Seminoles here are descendants of that 200 or 300 that were able to fight off the government. There's at least 3,700 of us now." The Seminoles that were removed to Oklahoma formed their own, larger tribe. The ties that may have existed back then no longer do, Jim says. They have their own government and membership. And a somewhat strained relationship still exists between the US government and the Seminole Tribe. The tribes deal mainly with the federal government, because that's where the money comes from. Jim says the relationship depends on which administration is involved: Republicans or Democrats. Education, Jim says, gets very little assistance. He says the revenue they generate from gaming helps the Seminole Tribe stay out of debt better than other, less business-oriented tribes. Not all tribes do, but the Seminoles have a system where, depending on the budget and how much gaming money is projected for the year, each tribal member gets some monetary assistance. Aside from money, Jim says he prefers the federal government be hands off. "I figure it is just to leave us alone and then we'll be in good shape," he says. "There's people that, for whatever reason, historically unknown, may never get along with the tribe; but then there's other people in the country here, for no reason at all, they will always be supportive of the tribe. So there's no one group across the board that you can say reflects how they feel about the tribe...I think we always have faith in mankind." It's strange that they would. My dad, who grew up in the same area of South Florida around the same time as Jim, tells him he remembers a lot of prejudice and bigotry towards the American Indians in the 1960s. Jim says that on Brighton reservation, he and his friends were lucky. In the old days, Jim says, if you were not white and you tried to go through Davie or Hollywood, Florida, you could get stopped by police. In the safety of the reservation, Jim grew up speaking both Creek, the tribe's native language, and English, which he learned on his reservation's school. Some Seminole tribal members can speak both Creek and Miccosukee, but Jim regretfully admits he's "only bilingual." That's a staple of my conversation with Jim: downplaying accomplishments. His tone of voice never changes, even when discussing things he reluctantly admits might seem "extraordinary or crazy." For example, nine years ago, an unknown gunman tried to murder Jim through the sliding glass door of his home. The bullets went through his chest and shattered a bone in his arm. He was alone. Blood flowing down to his right hand, he dialed 911. The assailant, who some in the tribe suspect was a person who blamed Jim for a bad business negotiation, was never caught. Since then, the tribal government has provided him with tight security. "People that have heard my voice on 911 says I made it sound like it was just a plain, cool day here," he says, laughing softly. "They would have been screaming or something. After his car accident, Jim went to a rehabilitation program for four months in Daytona, Florida. The program taught him how to get along without sight, including how to read Braille. "I don't think I was upset at any time. You've got to be realistic in life these days," Jim says. "Whenever I woke up from the hospital all I seen was a red glob and I probably knew that I was going to never see again. Whether you like it or not, that's the way it is, so you just have to deal with it. I think that's what I did." After rehabilitation, Jim went to junior college in 1973 and then law school, which he finished in 1980. Before his accident, he never thought he'd become a lawyer. "Well, there's not much you can do when you can't see, so you have to start all over again," he says. He could no longer be a cowboy without sight. "I just took things a day at a time, when I went through rehab and then I started junior college. I didn't even know if I could make it in the junior college. So I just started there and just ended up surviving a semester at a time until I got through. I was never going to go to school until I lost my sight." There were no computers, so Jim listened to a lot of textbooks on tape, which he would order way ahead of time. He was a history major but toward the end of his college career, Jim realized he didn't want to teach. That's when he applied to and was accepted at Stetson University College of Law in DeLand, Florida. He came to South Florida in 1981, and it wasn't long before Jim started working for the Seminole Tribe at the chairman's request. The tribe didn't have many college graduates then. Jim only vaguely knew he was the first to attend law school. "When you're the first one, you could always be the first one to flunk out, too," he says. "I was lucky I made it through." It was an accomplishment, he says, that was lost on his very traditional parents. "What do they know about law schools and so forth?," he says. "They knew we were something, but they wouldn't know the extent of what it was." Having a lawyer on the team that was also a member of the tribe was a boon for the Seminole Tribe. Jim already knew the tribal members and could "bring something extra than you would if it was just strictly from the books," he says. A non-tribal member with the same education would lack the attachment Jim has. It helps the people relate to him. In the legal world, Jim is most well known for the 2007 Hard Rock negotiations. The tribe wanted to get more involved with gaming and using the iconic "Hard Rock" name would help immensely, Jim says. The name was owned by a company in England. The Seminole Tribe was granted permission to use the name on their Hollywood, Florida and Tampa, Florida casinos for ten years. They wanted a more secure deal. "So our management then thought that it may be a good idea to buy the Hard Rock itself so we don't pay them; we'll be paying our


South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force - Membership

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Jim Shore
General Counsel to the Seminole Tribe of Florida 6300 Stirling Road Hollywood, FL 33024 Phone: 954-966-6300 Ext. 11439 Fax: 954-967-3487 amotlow@semtribe.com


100interviews.com

#89. JIM SHORE - Someone born on a Native American reservation."
Jim Shore, the General Counsel for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, is completely blind behind his dark sunglasses. One eye was blind at birth and the other lost sight after a car accident in 1970. In 2002, Jim survived being shot three times, once in the chest. He was the first Seminole Indian to attend law school, and he helped negotiate the first acquisition of an international corporation by a tribe of Native Americans, a $965 million dollar deal that handed the entire Hard Rock casino, hotel and restaurant franchise to the Seminole Tribe. Jim Shore's story is remarkable, but Jim Shore would be the last person to tell you that. A couple weeks ago, my father and I went to the Seminole Tribe's South Florida headquarters for an official meeting with Jim. Everyone from the security guard to the office assistants was in awe of him. "His story is amazing," we heard over and over. We're directed to a conference room and soon enough, Jim enters. My father and I are instructed to stand and introduce ourselves when he arrives, so he knows from our voices where we're sitting. Jim is 66 years old. He has a round face, dark skin, and graying hair. He speaks with a mix of a Southern and Midwestern accent that sounds like he's a John Wayne character. He's a self-described hard worker and never takes vacations unless it's traveling for work. He's not married. Other than the occasional smirk, he doesn't make any facial expressions. He's extremely matter-of-fact. In the beginning, interviewing him is unnerving. It's not that he's distant or unfriendly. He's just all business.


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