by Houston Cypress / Love the Everglades
One of our objectives for the Movement is to advocate for respect of Miccosukee Sovereignty. This is because the Miccosukee Tribe is one of the few communities who actually live in the Florida Everglades — so they witness, everyday, the effects of environmental degradation.
By listening to and incorporating the Miccosukee message into our Everglades Advocacy, we begin to do the work of Environmental Justice and express our solidarity with this indigenous community.
The Miccosukee community has a Way of Life that is intimately connected with the vitality of the natural world — indeed, their philosophy is expressed in a beautiful symbol that is maintained in the heart of every village — the Circle of Life.
The Miccosukee Tribe has also been an important catalyst for much of the progress achieved so far regarding Everglades Restoration. This is due in large part to the greater legal framework and promises made by the US Federal Government to the indigenous sovereignties, known as the Federal Trust Responsibility. Although the historical record reminds us that there has been much discord between the United States and the sovereign indigenous communities of this continent, we can also find evidence of great friendship and prosperity. So we look forward to honoring our friendships with the Miccosukee community and how we can build on that to achieve environmental/Everglades goals that benefit everyone — including the people that live there.