Due to the current Public Health Emergency declared by the State of Florida and the Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the Tribal Council has declared an emergency closing Tribal Wide beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice, as we strive to keep our Tribal Community and employees safe at this time.
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Each Seminole Indian born of a Seminole mother is a member of her "Clan" - a traditional extended family unit. Husbands traditionally went to live in the wife's clan camp. Each clan is characterized by a non-human entity with which is shares many traits, such as strenght, courage, or endurance. There are eight Seminole clans - Panther, Bear, Deer, Wind, Bigtown, Bird, Snake, and Otter.
Clan members are not supposed to marry within their clan. Children inherit the clan of the mother.
One must be at least 1/4 Seminole in order to qualify as a tribal member (see Genealogy for more information).
When the last female in a clan passes on, the clan is considered extinct. Several historical clans, including Alligator, are now extinct. The Panther clan is the largest clan in today's Seminole Tribe of Florida.