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As many of you know, in June of 2018, we made an agreement with Lee Young and the Absentee Seminole Tribe of Texas to have our active members vote on what they wanted to happen to the entrance of the Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery.
The vote consisted of three proposals. Two were designs submitted by Lee Young, and the third design was SISCA's proposal.
Originally, the vote was supposed to be counted by September 28, 2018, but because of several unforeseen circumstances and because of Seminole Days, we didn't tally the vote until October 5, 2018.
On November 13, 2018, Lee Young responded to David Conoly's letter. In this letter, he accepts the outcome of the vote and agrees to restore the entrance to its former appearance. In addition, he states that the Absentee Seminole Tribe had discontinue its plans regarding further improvements and modifications to the cemetery. He also mentions that the article in the ASTT's constitution which stated their jurisdiction was the Carver School Grounds and the Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery was removed on September 14, 2018.
Currently, the ASTT has removed the rock from the poles but has not yet reattached the gate or addressed the issue of the cement pad the rocks were on, which sticks up above ground level and is dangerous. SISCA is looking forward to the completion of the restoration so that we can begin our own plans to renovate the entrance by cleaning and painting and giving it some TLC.
This meeting served as our Thanksgiving/Christmas celebration. Several members arrived with special dishes they had prepared, and many were delighted by the Christmas tree and decorations that greeted them. (Special thank you to Mary and Al Nofi for decorating the school.)
And a few days later, we had the opportunity to visit with a curator from the Smithsonian and a writer who is completing her book about John Horse.
Augusta Pines, President of SISCA
I hope this willingness to help continues as we find new opportunities and challenges in the next year. As as an all volunteer organization, SISCA relies on the support of our family and friends to keep the organization moving forward. We need to continue to pull together. If we stay focused on this association, we will accomplish so much.