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I found these website on the Tiger family while surfing around.

Al Kaplan's Miccosukee Photos
And also
Tiger-Tales--Donna Tiger

My friend Robert Morgan who I met by the internet five years ago told me about his visits to the Tiger family back in the 1970s. Robert had a short film career where he filmed a B-movie horror flick on the Loop Road and in Copeland called, "Bloodstalkers" or "The Day Daniel Died." It is now a cult classic, but good luck on finding a copy. Robert also did a movie filmed mostly around Mount St. Helens, "In Search of Bigfoot," which did well in the theaters in the 1970s. That film is now out on dvd by some places because the copywrite has expired. Robert and I have had many long conversations and emails over a variety of subjects. He is now in his 70s, but still very active on many book and film projects. I seem to find myself associating with interesting characters, and this is only the tip of the iceberg on Robert.

Before I get too off track, back to the Tigers.

Buffalo Tiger was Chairman for the Miccosukee Tribe from the time it organized in 1962, until the mid-1980s. He is still around, and I saw him talking in the Miccosukee restaurant with the present chairman a few months back.

Buffalo Tiger's brother was an alligator wrestler who passed away a few years back. He had three children, and the above websites talk about them, so I won't say much more here. Robert Morgan visited with them too, and asked if Donna and Spencer Tiger are still around. I have not had the pleasure of meeting them and don't know where they are now.

The Miccosukee have always been distrustful of outsiders, and for good reason. They have gone from being one of the poorest tribes in the nation to one of the wealthiest in one generation. So I am sure the adjustment has not been easy. Now all the tribal members get the large monthly dividends and do not have to worry about income and can pursue whatever they want. I am glad of the tribe's success. But I think because of their distrust of outsiders, when you go to the Miccosukee reservation today, you will see few tribal members. Those employed at the restaurant or culture center are mostly folks hired from Miami. So it is pretty much impossible to meet or talk to a tribal member. I would enjoy meeting and talking with them, but I just don't have the contacts.
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