Native America Tribal Nation Mini-Lesson: Seminole Nation

Native America Tribal Nation Mini-Lesson: Seminole Nation

Posted By Corinne Rice November 26th, 2018 Last Updated on: December 6th, 2018

If you aren't following me on Instagram already you definitely should if only for this month!

Every day this month in honor of Native American Heritage Month, I am dedicating time in my Instagram stories to learning about a Tribal nation.

These are fun mini-lessons that I get to share with my followers, and will also be sharing a few of them here on the powwows website.

Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

Today we are going to learn a little about the Seminole nation!

The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma's ancestral lands are in Florida. During the Second Seminole War of the 1830s, 3,000 Seminole and 500 Black Seminole were forced to move to Oklahoma.

The Black Seminole were freed slaves who joined the Muscogee Creek Confederacy and became close allies with the Natives in the Florida territory. Once settled in Oklahoma, the Great Seminole Nation was established on their reservation.

The Seminole people reside in Seminole Country in Oklahoma and covers 633 square miles. The Seminole people today have 3 operating gaming casinos, 3 gas stations, smoke shops, and a truck stop. They are also heavily involved in their cultural ceremonies.

George Catlin, Green Corn Dance – Minatarrees, American, 1796 – 1872, 1861, oil on card mounted on paperboard, Paul Mellon Collection

The Green Corn ceremony, as well as the other ceremonies, they commit to dancing, fasting, medicine taking, work, and other ritual activities. During Green Corn ceremony, strained relationships among the tribe are to be reconciled and members are expected to forgive the wrongs that occurred during the year. The Green Corn ceremony marks the beginning of the new year for the Seminole people.

That's it for today's mini-lesson! I hope you learned something. I know that I did.

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About Corinne Rice

Corinne Rice (Mohawk/Lakota) has been a writer with since 2014. She lives in the state of CA, and enjoys attending and photographing many of the Northern CA powwows and events. She owns her own photography business and is also a Fellow with Changemaker Initiative in partnership with Ashoka.

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One thought on “Native America Tribal Nation Mini-Lesson: Seminole Nation

  1. Hi Corinne Oestreich,

    I am allegedly related to a former chief of your nation as a distant cousin as well as being distantly related by marriage.

    I would like to learn more about my indigenous American family.

    Biological kinship

    Marriage kinship

    If I have offended anyone of the Seminole nation, I apologise, as I am unfamiliar with your customs and traditions.

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