Miccosukee Tribe of Indians Reservation
Currently, the Tribe has four distinct Reservation Areas in the State of Florida: Tamiami Trail, Alligator Alley and two at Krome Avenue and U.S. 41.
On the reservations, the Tribe operates the following:
Tamiami Trail Reservation
The Tamiami Trail Reservation Area, which consists of four parcels of land, is located forty miles west of Miami and is presently the site of most Tribal operations. The Tamiami Trail Reservation is also the center of the Miccosukee Indian population.
The first parcel is 33.3 acres (5 miles long, 500 feet deep) and is under a 50-year use permit from the National Park Service, which expires on January 24, 2014. The other three parcels of land, which are roughly 600′ x 65′ are on the north side of Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41). These small plots of land were originally dedicated to the Miccosukees by the State of Florida and have since acquired federal reservation status. These areas are used for commercial development, which is prohibited in the National Park Service Use Permit Area.
The Tribe also has a perpetual lease from the State of Florida for 189,000 acres, which is part of the South Florida Water Management District’s Water Conservation Area 3A South. The Tribe is allowed to use this land for the purpose of hunting, fishing, frogging, and subsistence agriculture to carry on the traditional Miccosukee way of life.
On this reservation, the Tribe operates the following: health clinic, police department, court system, day care center; senior center, community action agency, educational system (ranging from the Head Start preschool program through senior high school, adult, vocational and higher education programs), Tribal administration offices, restaurant, general store, service station; Indian Village and museum.
Alligator Alley Reservation
Alligator Alley is the largest of the Tribe’s reservations, comprising 74,812.37 acres. It is located west of Ft. Lauderdale, lying north and south of State Highway 84 (Alligator Alley). This land consists of 20,000 acres with potential for development and 55,000 acres of wetlands.
The 20,000 acres of lands for development contain a modern service station plaza that was built and operated by the Tribe to accommodate those traveling along SR 84, a Miccosukee police substation, and 13,000 acres of land that is leased for cattle grazing.
The Tribe has also issued temporary Occupancy and Access Permits to non-Indians for the purpose of maintaining their hunting camps on 15,000 acres of Tribal wetlands. Plans are currently underway for additional commercial and agricultural development as well as community facilities and home sites.
Two Krome Avenue Reservations
There are two reservations located at the intersection of Krome Avenue and Tamiami Trail. The first reservation area is comprised of 25 acres located on the northwest corner of the intersection and is the site of the 56,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Miccosukee Indian Gaming Facility and Miccosukee Resort & Gaming.
The second reservation area is .92 acres located on the southwest corner of the intersection and is the site of the Miccosukee Tobacco Shop.