Previous Events

Date Description Location

May 30, 2014

2014 Order of the White Buffalo

By Howling Wolf

Big How, The OWB celebration is at the Ichetucknee this year on Saturday, May 31st. (same location as last year) If you are a member of a qualifying tribe, the federation will pay for a large vinyl tube for the adults and medium tube for your child. If your child is weight is close to 100 lbs. or more, we will compensate for a large tube. The federation will also provide dinner Saturday night for your family. Qualifying tribes can be determined by our website under OWB Status column.

A tribe needs at least 550 coup points (450 first year tribe) + 2 service projects + recruitment event to be OWB qualified. Many tribes only lack a service project which will be fulfilled by Alex's Lemonade Stand or recruitment event. Deadline for reporting is May 28th. If website is incorrect, please let me know. If you lack another service project or recruitment event, you have over a month to do. Note: A recruitment event is organized and put on by a tribe(s). This is not participating in federation recruitment event or training. Email Recruitment Chief for more details or ideas.

You are responsible for:
- Making reservations if you are camping ( http://www.ichetuckneecanoeandcabins.net ) tent, RV and cabin options are available. There is a 2 night minimum reservation.
- Paying for entry into state park (see link below)

You will have to pick-up your tubes at Ichetucknee Family Canoe & Cabins on Saturday after 6am. (where most people are camping) Just tell one of the three attendants what tubes/raft you want. They will write you a ticket which you will take to the cashier. Tell cashier you are with Native Sons and Daughters and they will check off your name on the list and mark ticket paid. If you get anything other than large or medium vinyl tube, you will have to pay difference. We are getting group price of $3 for large and $2 for medium tubes. You will then take slip to attendant who will help strap down tubes.

It is highly recommended to be in line at the north entrance shortly after 7am. The North entrance opens at 8am and only allows 750 tubers down per day. Note: You will drop off your tubes and kids at the North entrance and then drive to the south entrance. The kids can hang out at the Blue Hole Spring while waiting until the tram returns you to the North entrance.

Last year, we left lunch in the cars and ate at the south entrance parking lot. After lunch, we continued on the river to the take-out point. See map at http://www.floridastateparks.org/ichetuckneesprings/doc/additionalinformation/IchetuckneeMap.pdf

Dinner is scheduled for 7pm at the campground pavilion followed by awards at 8 and movie at 8:30pm. I plan on showing movie for Friday night (site #46). I have the movie "Tinker Bell - The Pirate Fairy". If anyone has a movie that the kids would like, for Saturday night please bring.

Event Cost: Free tubes and Sat Dinner for OWB Qualified tribes

Event Date/Time: May 31st, 2014 with optional camping May 30th / May 31st

Event Location: Ichetucknee Springs State Park & Ichetucknee Family Canoe & Cabins

Event Address: 8587 S.W. Elim Church Road Fort White, Florida 32038

Event Registration: https://www.circlebridge.com/timucuan/login.php

Ichetucknee Springs State Park

May 18, 2014 9 AM

2014 Kite Fly

By Kicking Buffalo

We had a day at the beach celebrating the Federation's Annual Kite Fly. The weather was perfect and we had a nice turnout of around 40 people. Thanks for those who waited a little during the late morning hours when the Great Spirit decided to push the High Tide to near record levels which force the park staff to close the entrance to the beach for about 2 hours. The little braves and princesses decorated their own kites and they all soared to great heights. Everyone attending had a blast. There was tons of fun in the sand and surf. Lots of food and even some fishing.

Thanks to all those that attended. It was a great event.

There were several prizes given out to the braves and princesses (water soakers, water balloon kits and their very own Bridgestone Tire inner tubes for the upcoming OWB "spring float down the river").

Braves:

Jacob - Howling Wolf

Dominic - Night Wolf

Princesses:

Taylor - Flying Snowflake

Madison - Rainbow Feather

Catalina - Little Darting Hummingbird

Annalina - Crystal Owl

Isabella - Bright Rainbow

Pathfinders:

Maya - Running Wolf

Huguenot State Park

May 10, 2014 2 - 6 PM

Alex's Lemonade Stand

By Eagle Feather

Native Sons and Daughters is once again teaming up with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Alex's Lemonade Stand will be held Saturday, May 10 at Publix locations across the city. We will pass out cans of lemonade donated by Pepsi and hope that those receiving their lemonade will be moved to donate to ALSF. Publix locations will be chosen by your tribe's chief based on coup points. The Native Sons and Daughters program needs its members to lend a hand on Saturday May 10 to make this event successful. This year our donation to ALSF is in honor of a local two year old who beat childhood leukemia this year. Let's work together to make this year's event the best ever! Tribes will be notified this month regarding which Publix store will host their lemonade stand. Your tribe will be in charge of running the event at that store, including picking up necessary event materials, cleaning up after the lemonade stand, and returning all monies collected to event leader immediately following the end of the fundraiser.

Alexandra "Alex" Scott was born to Liz and Jay Scott in Manchester, Connecticut on January 18, 1996, the second of four children. Shortly before her first birthday, Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer.

On her first birthday, the doctors informed Alex's parents that if she beat her cancer it was doubtful that she would ever walk again. Just two weeks later, Alex slightly moved her leg at her parents' request to kick. This was the first indication of who she would turn out to be - a determined, courageous, confident and inspiring child with big dreams and big accomplishments.

By her second birthday, Alex was crawling and able to stand up with leg braces. She worked hard to gain strength and to learn how to walk. She appeared to be beating the odds, until the shattering discovery within the next year that her tumors had started growing again. In the year 2000, the day after her fourth birthday, Alex received a stem cell transplant and informed her mother, "when I get out of the hospital I want to have a lemonade stand." She said she wanted to give the money to doctors to allow them to "help other kids, like they helped me." True to her word, she held her first lemonade stand later that year with the help of her older brother and raised an amazing $2,000 for "her hospital."

While bravely battling her own cancer, Alex and her family continued to hold yearly lemonade stands in her front yard to benefit childhood cancer research. News spread of the remarkable sick child dedicated to helping other sick children. People from all over the world, moved by her story, held their own lemonade stands and donated the proceeds to Alex and her cause.

In August of 2004, Alex passed away at the age of 8, knowing that, with the help of others, she had raised more than $1 million to help find a cure for the disease that took her life. Alex's family - including brothers Patrick, Eddie, and Joey - and supporters around the world are committed to continuing her inspiring legacy through Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

  • Stomping Horse, Shining Oak, and Rose Petal of Dakota offering up a catchy tune at Alex's Lemonade Stand
  • Event News Paper Write Up: Write up as seen in the Mandarin Newsline and Creekline

    At your neighborhood Publix

    April 25-27, 2014

    2014 Boys Spring Longhouse

    By Big Bobcat and Spirit Bear

    Big How! The Algonquin and Apache Nation Chiefs would like to invite all the tribes of their nations to the Boys Spring Longhouse. For those new to the program, it is an event you won't want to miss. Spring Longhouse is a special time that is designed to strengthen the bond between parent and son. Activities will include Canoeing, Kayaks, Fishing, Archery, BB Guns, Crafts, and the Sacred Fire Ceremony.

    There will also be a Wilderness Survival and First Aid Class held from 8am to Noon on Saturday. After the class there will be a Survivor Challenge that will pit tribe against tribe in canoeing, fishing, fire starting and many other activities.

    Each Boy looking to break arrow, should bring an arrow to the Sacred Fire which will be held on Saturday Night. Each new tribe should bring a torch, decorated to represent their tribe.

    The event is $30 per person for tent or group cabin - registration fee can be paid on CircleBridge and includes a patch, BBQ dinner Saturday night and all activities. Campers are allowed in the parking lot but there are no electric or water hookups available.

    For those that want to eat steamed oysters after the sacred fire, we are collecting money up front. The cost will be $20 per adult, with sons included in the price. Make sure you pay online as the money collected will determine how many we purchase.

    AwardApache Winner Algonquin Winner
    Best CampsiteCoyoteroYuma
    Best CamperThunder EagleShooting Arrow
    Best StudentThunder EagleWild Turkey
    Canoe ChampsPueblo Shawnee
    Fire Starter ChampsCoyoteroYuma
    Robin Hood Archery Medal (8 & Up)Running Moose Red Fox
    Robin Hood Archery Medal (Under 8)Fast Red BirdRed Arrow
    Davy Crockett Sharp Shooter Medal (8 & Up)Dark WolfRiding Thunder
    Davy Crockett Sharp Shooter Medal (Under 8)Shark Hawk Red Arrow
    Spear ChuckerGreen ArrowLittle Elk
    Spear ChuckerGold BearLittle Fire
    Most Fish MedalTonkawaYuma
    Biggest Fish MedalRunning MooseBull in China Shop
    Survivor WinnerPuebloKickapoo

    Ocala Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Youth Camp

    April 11-13, 2014

    2014 Girls Spring Longhouse

    By Chiefs Steaming Head & Tomahawk of the Sioux & Seminole Nations

    Native Daughters took to the "ol' watering hole" for their 2014 Spring Longhouse, at Blue Springs in High Springs, Florida. Hosted by Spring Longhouse Chief Steaming Head of the Sioux Nation, and Assistant Spring Longhouse Chief Tomahawk of the Seminole Nation, Blue Springs proved to be another magical day for daughter and father.

    Friday night Karaoke had waiting lines at the girls and some brave dads belted out the songs. Saturday also brought the return of tribe skits, with Wakapalaka's skit so well done we captured their video and placed it online.

    Saturday war-games brought out the competitive spirit of our daughters, fathers, tribes, and nations. Yes, I said Nations. At every Longhouse, every girls' Nation competes to place their name on the "Longhouse Tug-of-War" trophy.

    Moreover, The Great Spirit granted us spectacular weather the ENTIRE weekend, which when combined with swimming in a crystal-clear "Blue Spring", brought out the playfulness in both father and daughter.

    Saturday night's "Fire Walk", which allows for father and daughter to reflect on their day together, was especially solemn and silent this year. [BIG HOW Girls!] This made the "Breaking Arrow" ceremony that much more special to both daughters and dads, with many joyful tears being shed.

    We are so thankful to make unforgettable memories together! Don't forget, Broken Arrow daughters and dads can continue in "PathFinders" and attend Longhouses and all events.

    Broken Arrow Daughters & Dads

    TribeNative DaughterBrave
    DakotaShining Oak (Isabel)Mighty Oak (Andrew)
    DakotaRose Petal (Marla)Chief Tom Tom (Dale)
    DakotaScreaming Canary (Lily)Broken Spear in Buffalo's Butt (Jonathan)
    DakotaBiting Cobra (Sydney)Nation Chief Steaming Head (Neil)
    HopiSand Dancer (Alexis)Wave Runner (Dave)
    HopiWhite Lilly (Brenna)Road Runner (Chris)
    HopiLittle Rattler (Jordan)Big Cobra (Dave)
    HopiWild Flower (Emma)Rolling Rock (Barry)
    LakeSinging Bluebird (Marta)Sleeping Wolf (John)

    War Games & Skit Finishes

    Event1st2nd3rd
    Nation Tug of WarShoshoneSiouxSeminole
    Tribe Tug of WarWakapalakaDakotaPuma
    9+ Sack RaceDakota: Biting CobraCayuga: Little Darting HummingbirdDakota: Shining Oak
    8 & under Sack RaceHopi: Young Flower GirlDakota: Stomping HorseCayuga: Rock Star
    9+ Egg TossCherokee: Bear Paw & Bear ClawCherokee: Skipping Bear & Running Fox(TIE)
    Dakota: Biting Cobra & Steaming Head
    Seneca: Artic Fox & Big Wolf
    8 & under Egg TossPuma: Nice Butterfly & Sitting MountainHopi: Amazing Flower Girl & Amazing MoonWakapalatka: Rainbow Bear & Running Brook
    SkitsWakapalakaCherokeeDakota

    Blue Springs in High Springs, FL

    April 4, 2014

    2014 Jacksonville Suns Game and Campout

    By Big Horn Moose

    We had an outstanding time attending the Sun's Baseball game on Friday, April 4th. We had a record total of 197 people registered for the game. Of those, we had 103 registered campers. Several of our braves and princesses were in the front row and were able to meet several Suns' team members. We also received some autographed baseballs and posters! It was also beautiful weather for camping. While in the outfield we enjoyed pizza from Papa Johns provided by the Kiowa Tribe. Thanks to the Jacksonville Suns for playing the movie "Rookie of the Year" on the jumbo scoreboard. Of course what morning would not be complete without some fresh doughnuts? We all left excited to do it all again next year. A special thanks to all those who helped and Maddie "Fourlegged Moose" Russell whose design was chosen for the 2014 Suns Campout Patch. Let's all start gearing up for our next events which are the Girls' and Boys' Longhouses!!

    Bragan Field in Jacksonville, Florida

    March 13-16, 2014

    2014 Statewide Campout

    Join us at the 2014 Adventure Guides and Princesses Sunshine State campout for an action packed weekend. The "Gathering in the Glades" will take place from March 13-16 2014 at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida! More details at SunshineStatePowWow.com!

    Event News Paper Write Up: Write up as seen in the Mandarin Newsline and Creekline

    Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida

    February 22, 2014

    2014 Monster Truck Jam

    By Eagle Heart

    Calling All Monster Truck Fans to the 2014 MONSTER TRUCK JAM show at Everbank Field. Each Ticket purchased included access to the main show at 7pm in great mid level seats and a Monster Truck Jam patch, as well as a Pass to the Pit party.

    EverBank Field

    February 8, 2014

    2014 Jax Cracker 500

    By Blue Fox

    Gentlemen, start your engines!! Get ready for what is probably the most electrifying and exciting federation event of the year. The time for the Annual Jax Cracker Race is at hand. This is our second year running the smaller racer, and based on last years results, the field is wide open and we should expect a lot of competitive racing from throughout our Federation, rookies included. Awards given out for best in show and fastest racer.

    Classic Lighting

    January 24-26, 2014

    4th ANNUAL SUZIE Q MILLER FAMILY CAMPOUT

    By Bull Gator

    We had a great turnout for our 4th annual Suzie Q Miller Family Campout with 245 Dads, Moms, Sons, Daughters, Grandpas, Grandmas, Nieces/Nephews, Aunts/Uncles...you get the idea...it was a FAMILY campout.

    Rodney Miller, husband of Suzie Q Miller and namesake of our campout, was our honored guest at the campout at Crooked River State Park in Georgia.

    All the kids seemed to have fun, and in some cases maybe too much fun. There were kids in the bounce houses almost constantly and an endless line at the zip line. Many braves and princesses were on the warpath, participating in various war game competitions. Here are the results of the war games:

    Cookie Decorating 8&Under: 1st: Dancing Bear, 2nd: Little Waterfall, 3rd: Flower Moon

    Cookie Decorating 9&Up: 1st: Little Sunflower, 2nd: Biting Cobra/ Red Cardinal, 3rd: Red Cardinal

    Tandem Ski Race 8&Under: 1stLucky Fin, 2nd: Stomping Horse, 3rd: Crazy One

    Tandem Ski Race 9&Up: 1st: Biting Cobra, 2nd: Rose Petal, 3rd: Wiley Coyote

    Egg Toss 8&Under: 1st: Gabriella, 2nd: Little Waterfall, 3rd: Wild Fox

    Egg Toss 9&Up: 1st: Red Fox, 2nd: Texting Tiger, 3rd: Bright Star

    Tug-O-War: 1st: Miccosukee, 2nd: Cherokee, 3rd: Chippewa

    Chili Cook Off: 1st: Andrew Bachman, 2nd: Wes Aho, 3rd: Jessie Johnson

    Event Summary: Click here to Download!!!

    Event News Paper Write Up: Write up as seen in the Mandarin Newsline and Creekline

    Crooked River State Park

    December 31, 2013

    2013 Gator Bowl Parade Float

    By Eagle Heart & Tomahawk

    On New Years Eve, our Federation built an amazing float and joined the parade in the heart of Jacksonville in preparation for the Gator Bowl football game!

    Downtown Jacksonville

    December 8, 2013

    Ice Skating

    By Wild Eagle

    No better way to kick off the Christmas season than with our annual Christmas Holiday Iceskating Party. Additionally, our federation did a great job providing a full table of Toys for Tots.

    Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex

    November 17, 2013

    Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Arizona Cardinals

    By Big Tree

    Although the result was a loss, our federation joined on a perfect fall day to support the Mighty Jacksonville Jaguars in a great battle against the Arizona Cardinals.

    EverBank Field

    November 8-10, 2013

    2013 Native Sons Fall Longhouse at Spirit of the Suwannee

    By Spirit Bear

    The Algonquin and Apache Nations hosted member Native Sons on November 8-10 at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. The Fall Longhouse was a special time spent strengthening the bond between parent and son. Activities included Bounce House Basketball, Archeology Scavenger Hunt, Archery, BB Guns, Egg Toss, Slip and Slide, Critter Race, Crafts and the Sacred Fire Ceremony.

    Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL

    October 27, 2013

    Costume Bowling - Indians, Vampires, Zombies and more!

    By Eagle Feather

    The Timucuan Federation gathered all Indians, vampires, zombies, and more to join in for a game or two of Scotch Doubles and to show off their favorite costumes. The Halloween fun included three categories of winners: best Indian costume, scariest costume and best overall costume.

    Bowl America - Mandarin

    October 19, 2013

    2013 Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

    By Big Horn Moose

    The Timucuan Federation teamed up with the Sertoma Group to help children suffering with Apraxia of Speech. This was considered a service project for those who attend and participate in the project.

    St. Augustine Beach Pier/Pavillion

    October 11-13, 2013

    2013 Native Daughters Fall Longhouse-Spirit of the Suwannee

    By Walking Waters / Snoring Eagle

    Better than ever, the 2013 Native Daughters Fall Longhouse was held at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. After a 1 year hiatus, pumpkin carving was back along with old favorites, War Games, critter race and bouncy houses. We found out who could build a fire, without a match and happened to be our newest tribe!

    Event Schedule for your reference: Click here to Download!!!

    Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL

    October 5, 2013

    2013 CITYWIDE POW WOW @ Wild Creek Plantation

    By Crouching Tiger/Steaming Head

    On October 5th we held a PUBLIC (free) Open House to discover with your children, the Native Sons and Daughter Program at our 2013 Citywide Pow Wow at the private Wild Creek Plantation

    Boys and Girls ages 5-10 and their parents/guardians experienced a day filled with War Games”such as Egg Toss, Sack Races, Archery, BB Guns, and our personal zip-line.

    A small concessions stand fed everyone with a great supply of Hot Dogs, Burgers, Chips, and beverages!

    These nationally-offered programs are unique because unlike most youth programs, the parent is required to participate with their child!

    Our program focuses on the one-on-one parent-child relationship that is established within a group setting.

    All activities are tailored to the needs of the pre-adolescent child (recommended ages 5 -10) and are centered around a Native American theme.

    The theme serves as a common level of interest between parent and child which is useful as an educational tool for the casual introduction to First Nation cultures. Such exposure often serves as a springboard for further investigation to the needs and aspirations of our current indigenous people.

    The spiritual belief systems embraced by these cultures are incorporated into the theme to help reinforce the parent and child’s own traditional family values.

    *** Click HERE for the schedule of events ***

    Wild Creek Plantation in Yulee, FL

    Summer 2013

    Summer Bowling 2013 - 2014

    Mandarin Bowl America on San Jose Blvd

    September 29, 2013

    “The Apple Project” & Native Sons and Daughter Fund Raiser – Car Wash

    Natives Sons & Daughters is hosting a fundraiser for the “Apple Project,” which is a program trying to provide dental work to those who need it but are unable to afford it. A group of dentists volunteer their time to help, but, they operate out of a very small building . The Apple Project hopes to raise money to build a new complex that can handle more people needing expensive dental treatments.

    Our Federation will host a car wash at Walgreens on SR 13 and Race Track Rd. Sept 29 from 11am-4pm. Please come and help support this great cause. WTLV is a sponsor for this program and we hope to have their television station cover our fundraising effort . An added bonus is that the Weaver Foundation will match whatever money we raise! The more people, the better we look on TV!

    Read the Full Story @ First Coast News

    Walgreens on SR 13 and Race Track Rd

    September 12 & 17, 2013

    Open House/Information Nights September 12th and 17th, 2013

    BIG HOW! It is time to share our program with those seeking information. Please share the date with all friends or co-workers who may be interested in learning more about the program. We will be having two open houses this year.

    Hendrix Ave Baptist Church on Thursday September 12th at 6:30 pm

    Fruit Cove Baptist Church on Tuesday September 17th at 6:30 pm

    We need each tribe to have representation at one of the events starting at 6:15 pm. We also need regalia and tribal property to be brought to the events.

    Please feel free to call me with any questions. Mike Russell/Big Horn Moose (904) 716-9371

    Hendrix Ave Baptist Church & Fruit Cove Baptist Church

    August 25, 2013

    Zaxby's Fundraiser Skating Event

    This Sunday August 25 is a fundraiser for the Jacksonville Youth Roller Hockey League.

    With the attached flyer (click here to download), anyone can get a good meal at the Zaxby’s by Kori Road & Skate Station between 11am & 2pm and then skate for $5 per person with the Zaxby’s receipt at Skate Station on Sunday.

    Just print off this flyer and give it to Zaxby’s when you pay and bring the Zaxby’s receipt to Skate Station.

    What a great event for a everyone & their kids!

    Thank you & Ya Ta Hey!

    Zaxby

    August 17-18, 2013

    Second Annual Suwannee Canoe Trip

    Its time to get the paddles wet, and cool off in the river before back to school. We will meet up at 9:30 at the Suwannee Canoe Outpost at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. We will be picked up at 2:00 at the Gibson Park boat ramp and shuttled back to the Outpost.

    Costs for the trip is $30 per person for renting a canoe. The third person is $13. Costs are $13 per person with their own boat.

    The fed will supply the charcoal; you bring your chosen slab of meat to grill. The fed will also bring a stove and a pail to heat water in for breakfast. We will be staying in a river camp. No tents required. Registration is limited to the first 40 for screened platforms. After that you have to bring a tent.

    Registration closes on August 11.

    Suwannee Canoe Post

    Smoke Signal

    Smoke from under the Smoke Signal Chief’s Headband

    Headband

    Registration is open! This year our yearly dues are unfortunately going up. But, we are offering an early bird special. From now to Oct. 15, our yearly dues will be last year’s price ($20)! After Oct. 15, yearly dues will be $25 per person. Nation Longhouse dues this year will be $35 per FAMILY.

    Recruitment is now! Invite a friend. Let’s make our program huge!

    Suwanne Canoe Trip - 8/17-18/13 - Overnight canoe camping on the Suwanne River. Shelter space is limited. Tent space is unlimited. See Chief Walking Waters.

    NEW Smoke Signal is posted on web site. Check out what’s going on with tribes and our Federations events.

    Car Magnets are in! These mags are a little smaller than my last batch. Price will be $4. See Eagle Feather, Smoke Signal Chief.

    Come make Summer Bowling! Still a few weeks left!

    Totals for Alex’s Lemonade Stand – over $7000 from our Timucuan Federation. Big How tribes for the affort!

    Right around the corner, City Wide Pow Wow 10/5/13 and Costume Bowling 10/27/13.

    Also talked about at the federation meeting was the start again of wearing of “Head Bands”. We all got them when we first registered. Some put them on vests, some put them away and some have lost them. Find your head bands and prepare to wear them. If you need one, let your tribe chief know and we will try and you one or two. Feathers will be provided by the Federation.

    Smoke Signal

    July, 2013

    Summer Bowling!

    Bowl America on San Jose Blvd.

    May 31 - June 2, 2013

    OWB Ichetucknee tubing trip

    Order of the White Buffalo Ichetucknee Tubing Trip

    Tubing and dinner on Saturday, June 1, 2013

    Optional Camping Friday (May 31st) & Saturday (June 1st)

    This event is for tribes that have completed two service projects and have earned at least 550 coup points. New tribes need only 450 coup points and two service projects. The Federation will provide medium or large vinyl tubes for both father and children in the qualified tribe. Also, dinner on Saturday will be provided and paid for by the Federation for those tribes that have earned the OWB distinction.

    It is the responsibility of the families to make reservations at the campsite if they plan to camp either Friday and/or Saturday. http://www.ichetuckneecanoeandcabins.net (866 224-2064). The earlier you make registration prior to the event the better availability you will have. Furthermore, each family will have to pay admission at the state park. ($5 per person)

    http://www.floridastateparks.org/ichetuckneesprings/

    The park opens at 8am. Therefore, we would want to leave to go tubing soon after 7:00am to try and beat the crowds. There are a limited number of people (750) allowed to start at the south entrance.

    If you are in a qualified tribe or, your tribe is close to becoming one. Note: Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a service project. Please go to http://www.timucuan.org/ web site and register in circle bridge. There are three events: large tube, medium tube (100 pounds or less), and head count for the Saturday night dinner.

    Note: First timers will get a Triangle Patch for OWB and date patch, otherwise you will get a date patch. If this is your first time making OWB, email TallyKeeper@timucuan.org with “Need Triangle OWB Patch” in the subject of the email and include your names and tribe to receive the OWB triangle patch during the awards ceremony.

    Hope to see you there,

    Howling Wolf

    Ichetucknee Canoe and Cabins

    May 18, 2013

    Federation Kite Fly - Has A New Location at Mickler's Beach!

    NEW LOCATION DUE TO: The Pedestrian Crossing Being Closed at Vilano Beach.

    It is time for the end of the year kite fly! Saturday May 18th at 1112 Ponte Vedra Blvd,Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 at Mickler’s Beach

    The event starts at Noon. Judging starts at 1:30pm.

    1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for the following categories:

    • Best Homemade Kite (The kite has to fly)
    • Highest Flying
    • Most Creative

    We will have some kites and string sets for kids to decorate and there will be awards for the most creative.

    Bring plenty of water and sunscreen!

    Mickler's Beach

    May 11, 2013

    Alex's Lemonade Stand!

    2-6pm at your local Publix

    May 4, 2013

    Jacksonville Sharks vs Arizona Rattlers!

    Who’s ready for some hard hitting action? Well it’s coming and it’s coming fast! We’re having our Annual Sharks game event on Saturday, May 4 with the game starting at 7pm. This year the Sharks will be battling the Arizona Rattlers, last year’s AFL Champions, in what will probably be their toughest contest of the year. This match up has become a big rivalry in arena football and the prediction is a fantastic game between two great teams.

    Date: May 4, 2013

    Time: 7PM

    Where: Jax Veterans Memorial Arena

    Address: 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32202

    More Info: http://www.jaxsharks.com/home/

    Don’t forget that the Sharks games are known for being a blast. Native Sons and Daughters will get a shout out over the PA system, our name will go up on the scoreboard, and the kids will be able to attend an autograph session on the field after the game. Also, for all the kids who attend the event, their names will go into a drawing for an “Official Sharks Souvenir Football”. This football will be awarded at the event.

    We will also be supplying a patch for this year’s event, which we haven’t done in the past. We will do a patch contest for the design.The "Patch Contest Form" can be found under the documents tab of our website. The deadline for submittals will be Wednesday 4/4/13.

    Entries can be sent to seminolechief@timucuan.org. Please scan the entry in .pdf format. You may also fax the entry to 904-391-0001.

    The winner of this contest will be recognized at a future event for their contribution to the Federation. Please get your princess or brave to submit an entry.

    Take a moment and register now for this event. It’s gonna’ be a blast!!!!!

    Ya ta hey!!!

    Blue Fox

    Veterans Memorial Arena

    April 26, 2013

    Jacksonville Suns Game!

    Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville

    April 5-7, 2013

    Native Daughters Longhouse

    Trees and bushes are showing their new leaves and flowers, which can only mean one thing. It is time for the Timucuan Federation to hold the Native Daughters Longhouse!

    This year the Spring Longhouse will be located at Blue Springs outside of the city of High Springs, FL. The dates are April 5-7, 2013. There will be many activities including swimming, canoeing, and hiking. There will also be Native Indian Dancers. There are just too many fun and exciting activities to list! Do not worry as there will also be plenty of opportunities to earn arrow heads to add to your Indian regalia.

    Address: 7450 Northeast 60th Street, High Springs, FL 32643 | (386) 454-1369

    Park Info http://www.bluespringspark.com

    The Spring Longhouse is also the time we hold our Sacred Fire ceremony for the older Princesses who will be “Breaking Arrow”. During this ceremony the princess and father will break an arrow symbolizing the beginning of a new chapter in their lives where the Princess will now lead her father.

    The Great Spirit wants you to mark your calendars and get ready for a super fun time. Remember to register on our web site so we know how many campers too expect and help you earn your patch! Whether you have a tent, trailer or RV, it will still be $25 per person. Golf carts and bikes are welcome. Contact Red Wolf or Snoring Eagle with questions you may have.

    Big How

    Red Wolf

    Blue Springs, High Springs, FL

    March 22-24, 2013

    Native Sons Longhouse

    Watch the Official 2013 Native Sons Longhouse Commercial by Spirit Bear and Big Bobcat!

    Big How! The Algonquin and Apache Nation Chiefs would like to invite all the tribes of their nations to the Boys Spring Longhouse, which will be held March 22-24th at the Ocala Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Youth Camp.

    Address: 7325 NE 170th Avenue Silver Springs, FL 34488

    For those new to the program, it is an event you won't want to miss. Spring Longhouse is a special time that is designed to strengthen the bond between parent and son. Activities will include Canoeing, Kayaks, Fishing, Archery, BB Guns, Egg Toss, Critter Race, Crafts, and the Sacred Fire Ceremony. FWC will have the Wildlife Trailer on site to teach kids about native animals.

    There will also be a FWC Hunter Safety Class held from 8am to Noon Saturday morning where you & your brave can earn your Florida Hunter Safety card. This safety card is required for youths to hunt in Florida and most other states. Even if you don't plan to hunt, this course will teach your child gun safety and responsibility. Each child will need to take the online course with there dad at http://beasafehunter.org and bring the passing results to class along with with a completed Student Registration Form and Student Parent Release Form.

    Each Boy looking to break arrow, should bring an arrow to the Sacred Fire which will be held on Saturday Night. Each new tribe should bring a torch, decorated to represent their tribe.

    The event is $20 per person for Tent, $30 for a group cabin - registration fee can be paid on CircleBridge and includes a patch, dinner Saturday night and all activities. Campers are allowed in the parking lot but there are not electric or water hookups available. Registration for the Hunter Safety Class is included with cost but will give the FWC instructor an idea of how many students will attend.

    While you are registering, we are holding two raffles for two Cricket 22 Rifle Prize Packs. See the picture of items included in each prize pack here

    Each of the two raffles will have the following items:

    1 Cricket Youth Black Synthetic 22 caliber rifle.

    1 Set of eye protection

    2 Sets of hearing protection

    1 Set of table targets

    Total Retail price close to $200

    The raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20, and can be purchased at the Timucuan Federation Store . The raffle is open to all Nations and you do not need to be present to win. For those not familiar with Cricket Rifles they are well know for a quality Youth firearm that will bring your child many years of enjoyment.

    Please Note: Before you buy a raffle ticket you must be over 18 to win & pass a background check to have the firearm registered to you (able to own a firearm in the state of Florida). The drawing will be held at the Boys Longhouse so act fast.

    Big Bobcat

    FWC Youth Camp, Silver Springs, FL

    March 14-17

    STATEWIDE POW WOW 2013!!

    Event & Registration Info and Video

    Location: West Gate River Ranch

    Address: 3200 River Ranch Boulevard, River Ranch, FL 33867

    Date: March 14 - 17, 2013

    Video and Registration

    Cost:

    $21/night - Westgate Fee per ten, per night

    $11/weekend - Federation Fee per person

    Fire Wood:

    $35/100 Pieces of Seasoned Wood (Vendor will deliver wood to your campsite)

    RV and Motel Registrants:

    If you are bringing an RV you will need to contact Westgate directly at 863-692-1321, ext.0 to book your site reservation. RV sites are $40 per night, this includes electric and water.

    If you are staying in the motel, please contact Westgate directly at 877-502-7058. Identify yourself as part of the 2013 Sunshine State Pow Wow and use code 24-341 to receive the group discount.

    Federation Activities:

    Broken Arrow Ceremony, Jimmy Sawgrass, Chief Rowley - Snake Education with a twist, Trinkets in the Hay, Bounce House, War Games, Crafts* (*additional costs may apply)

    Westgate Activities:

    Rodeo*, Swimming Pool, Petting Farm, Horseback Riding*, Pony Rides*, Swamp Buggy & Airboat Rides*, Putt-Putt Golf*, Golf Cart Rentals - 1st come, 1st served (*additional costs may apply)

    West Gate River Ranch