On May 4, 1971, officers of the Miccosukee Corporation, acting for the Miccosukee Tribe, signed a contract with the BIA authorizing the Corporation to operate all programs and services provided for the Miccosukee Community and formerly administered by the BIA. The Tribe's intent in negotiating this matter was clear; the people wished to decide their own fate and gradually develop total independence.
The Miccosukee Tribe now operates a Clinic; Police Department; Court System; Day Care Center; Senior Center; Community Action Agency and an Educational System ranging from the Head Start Pre-School Program through Senior High School, Adult, Vocational and Higher Education Programs and other Social Services. These programs incorporate both the traditional Miccosukee Indian ways and non-Indian ways into their system and are all located on the Tamiami Trail Reservation, where the Miccosukee community resides.
In addition, the Miccosukee Tribe owns and operates a Restaurant; Gift Shop; General Store; Service Station and Indian Village on the Tamiami Trail Reservation; an Indian Gaming Facility and Tobacco Shop on the Krome Avenue Reservation; and a full-service Gas Station and Service Plaza on Alligator Alley Reservation.
Membership in the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida is open to individuals who have Miccosukee mothers and are not enrolled in any other Tribe. The Miccosukee Service Area is composed of Tribal members and their families, independent Miccosukees, Seminoles and other Indian families residing along the Tamiami Trail from Miami to Naples. The total population of the Miccosukee Service area is about 640.
Planning for the Miccosukee Tribe is an ongoing process. It is a tool used by Tribal and community leaders in the continuous pursuit of the goals of economic self-sufficiency and self-determination. The Miccosukee Tribe realizes that to protect and preserve the resources available to them, they must be fully aware of the social, economic and environmental conditions of their resources. Therefore, efforts are constantly underway to monitor and update data on the population, housing, economy and natural resources of the Tribe.