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James Billie was twice chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida (1979-2001; 2011-incumbent). In the 1970s and 1980s, he led an effort to make the Seminole Tribe self-sufficient through business investments, including hotels, bingo, and gambling operations. He also initiated a cultural heritage and enrichment program designed to educate young Seminoles about the traditional language and practices of their tribe. James Billie himself is a guitarist and songwriter, whose songs often combine Native American themes with the style and instrumentation of folk music. Cover art photo courtesy State Archives of Florida, Larry Coltharp (collector).

James Billie: Guitarist and Songwriter Florida Department of Education

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James Billie was twice chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida (1979-2001; 2011-incumbent). In the 1970s and 1980s, he led an effort to make the Seminole Tribe self-sufficient through business investments, including hotels, bingo, and gambling operations. He also initiated a cultural heritage and enrichment program designed to educate young Seminoles about the traditional language and practices of their tribe. James Billie himself is a guitarist and songwriter, whose songs often combine Native American themes with the style and instrumentation of folk music. Cover art photo courtesy State Archives of Florida, Larry Coltharp (collector).

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