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Buffalo Tiger: A Life in the Everglades

byBuffalo Tiger, Harry A. Kersey

Paperback | November 1, 2008

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Frustrated in their attempts to gain official recognition by the United States, a group of Miccosukee Indians met with Fidel Castro in 1959 and were recognized by the Cuban government. The man behind this unprecedented move to provoke the U.S. government into action was Buffalo Tiger, a Miccosukee elder who has become one of the most prominent Indian leaders in the southeastern United States in the modern era.

Born in a small village in the Everglades in 1920, Buffalo Tiger grew up immersed in the traditional customs and language of the Miccosukees. As the modern world encroached on the Miccosukees and the Everglades shrank around them, Buffalo Tiger became an energetic and outspoken leader of the community. As the first tribal chairman of the Miccosukees, he oversaw the adoption of a tribal constitution and worked diligently to implement reforms and to protect the community’s cultural and natural resources. In the 1970s the Miccosukees became the first modern tribe to take complete control of their affairs and federal budget.

Buffalo Tiger’s penetrating observations about his people and the world around them, combined with the skilled scholarship of historian Harry A. Kersey Jr., illuminate a memorable life, a tireless leader, and an Indian community still proud to call the “River of Grass” its home.
Harry A. Kersey Jr. is professor emeritus of history at Florida Atlantic University. He is the author of several books, including An Assumption of Sovereignty: Social and Political Transformation among the Florida Seminoles, 1953–1979 (Nebraska 1996) and The Florida Seminoles and the New Deal, 1933–1942.
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Title:Buffalo Tiger: A Life in the EvergladesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.68 inPublished:November 1, 2008Publisher:UNP - Bison BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803218850

ISBN - 13:9780803218857

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Series Editors' Introduction
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. A Miccosukee Childhood
2. My Beliefs
3. Learning the White Man's Ways
4. The Struggle for Recognition
5. The Miccosukee Tribe
6. Our Heritage, Our Life, Our Future
Afterword / The Importance of a Life
Appendix / Constructing a Life History
Notes
Index

Editorial Reviews

“This delightful autobiography opens a window into Miccosukee culture.”—Native Peoples Magazine
- Native Peoples Magazine - 20080325