In November 2021, the American Indian Committee of the Fort Cooper Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) recommends, encourages, and invites residents of Citrus County to explore, celebrate, and commemorate Native American history in Citrus County.
According to the committee, the nation’s history and culture have been significantly influenced by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples. Their contributions have enhanced the freedom, prosperity and greatness of America today.
Their customs and traditions are respected and celebrated as part of a rich heritage across the United States. Native American Awareness Week began in 1976, and recognition was expanded by Congress and approved by President George Bush in August 1990.
November has been designated National Native American Heritage Month. In his honor, community celebrations, cultural, artistic, educational and historical activities have been planned across the United States.
There are many ways for residents of Citrus County to experience the rich history and heritage of Native American culture in the community:
- Visit the Brannen Family Gallery at the Citrus County Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, 1 Courthouse Square in Inverness. Visit cccourthouse.org or call 352-341-6428.
- Explore Crystal River State Archaeological Park, 3400 N. Museum Point in Crystal River. Visit tinyurl.com/9c7dnx5t or call 352-795-3817.
- Hike the 1.5 mile Seminole Heritage Trail at Fort Cooper State Park, 3100 S. Old Floral City Road in Inverness. Call 352-726-0315.
- Paddle the waterways of Chassahowitzka National Refuge. Visit tinyurl.com/2tbyf24n or call 352-563-2088.
Visit your local public library, bookstore, or Amazon.com for the following books:
- “A Land Remembered,” by Patrick D. Smith
- “The Seminole Indians of Florida”, by Wilfred T. Neil
- “The History of the Seminole Indians of Florida”, by Wilfred T. Neill
- “A Woman of No Importance”, by Sonia Purnell
- “Undefeated People: The Seminole and Miccosukee Indians of Florida”, by Brent R. Weisman
- “The Seminole Struggle: A History of America’s Longest Indian War”, by John and Mary Lou Missel
- “The Seminole Wars: America’s Longest Indian Conflict”, by John and Mary Lou Missall
- “Creeks and Seminoles: The Destruction and Regeneration of the Muscogulge People”, by J. Leitch Wright, Jr.
- “Fry Bread: A Native American Story”, a children’s story by Kevin Nolde Maillard
- “When The Moon Is New: A Seminole Indian”, a children’s story by Laura Bannon
- Podcast “A Trail of Tears” with Jack Baker, president of the association Trail of Tears
- View the DVD, “Trail of Tears Collection – A Native American Documentary Collection,” at your local public library, bookstore, or on Amazon.com