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The Cory Osceola Group

Mechanic With North American Airlines

Miami Airport

Miccosukee Seminole Nation

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Mike Osceola

The off-reservation picture is considerably more complex but can be simplified somewhat by coming immediately to a consideration of the highly atypical Mike Osceola group. Mike is about 35 years old, married to a non-Indian, and (in comparison with other Florida Seminoles) a conspicuous financial success. He holds a job as a mechanic with North American Airlines at the Miami Airport, runs several head of cattle on the Brighton Reservation, and operates a newly opened "Seminole Village" as a tourist attraction just a few miles west of Miami on the
Living at this village are Mike himself; his father, William KcKinley Osceola (apparently one of the more prominent Trail tribesmen 15 or 20 years ago); and three or four other family groups seemingly related to Mike by some degree of blood.
Living at this village are Mike himself; his father, William KcKinley Osceola (apparently one of the more prominent Trail tribesmen 15 or 20 years ago); and three or four other family groups seemingly related to Mike by some degree of blood.
Other informants (some admittedly hostile to Mike and others apparently neutral) added a few touches which were not inconsistent with this self-portrait but tended to round out the picture. According to them, Mike was widely publicized several years ago both as the first Seminole to attend Miami High School and as a capable member of the football squad who played the game barefoot. By the time he left high school he was already being taken up by civic groups and women's clubs in the general Miami area and was treated as an outstanding Seminole and the Tribe's best hope for the future. Some of the less charitable informants emphasized that Mike was "spoiled" by this treatment and that he became arrogant and overbearing in his dealings with other Seminole people. Whether this is true or not, it does seem clear that, in the eyes of the traditionalist Seminoles living in the Everglades, Mike's white-approved behavior in seeking public school education, in thrusting for leadership, and in improving his economic status was almost tantamount to treason. All of these things, anthropologists agree, are foreign to the traditional Seminole culture which stresses cooperativeness, humility, and simple living.
Thus it is easy to see how Mike Osceola's influence among the off-reservation Indians might well be limited, as Morton Silver claims, to the comparatively few people (mainly blood relatives) who are living in his village. Any influence he might have had with the reservation Indians has apparently been largely dissipated by the stand which he took in favor of the termination legislation.
refers to Mike Osceola although it does not use his name. (He is referred to as an "individualistic" Miccosukee with "ability in English" bearing a name "once honored in our Nation.") The paragraph states that Mike "speaks for himself and his family, a total group of perhaps 20 people at most. From the observations made and conversations held by the Commissioner and this reporter in Florida, there seem no reason to question the accuracy of that statement.
This of course, is not intended to deprecate Mike Osceola's very substantial accomplishment in rising from a virtually primitive background in the Everglades to his present position as a self-reliant and effectively functioning member of American society. It is meant to suggest, however, that Mike and his followers are not a major factor in the broad pattern of current Seminole affairs and that they can be dealt with separately as a separate problem.
The Cory Osceola Group
In addition to Mike Osceola's faction, Commissioner Emmons met with two other Indian groups at points along the Tamiami Trail.
Although they are brothers of William McKinley Osceola (and thus uncles of Mike), their point of view is quite different and they apparently have little or nothing to do with Mike or his father at the present time.
The dissenters include not simply the followers of Mike Osceola mentioned in the release but also the Cory Osceola faction (who are apparently all Miccosukee) and, even more importantly, a very substantial percentage of the predominantly Miccosukee populations at Dania and Big Cypress. Conceivably the General Council may be speaking for something like a bare majority of the total Miccosukee population.
However, it should be remembered that Mike and some of his relatives are running cattle on the Brighton Reservation and, despite Mike's somewhat advanced ideas on termination of Federal responsibilities for Indian affairs in Florida, he is unquestionably much closer in basic sympathies to the Reservation Indian than to those along the Trail. While he is unlikely ever to move onto a reservation, the chances are that he and other off-reservation Indians currently earning an adequate living in the Miami area

Patriarch of the Miccosukee Seminole ... [cached]

Patriarch of the Miccosukee Seminole Nation disowning his renegade son, Mike Osceola.

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