The Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs, Inc., the “Council” is a private non-profit corporation which was incorporated under the laws of the State of Florida as directed by Executive Order #74-23, signed by Governor Reuben O’D Askew on April 10, 1974.
Governor Askew’s Executive Order charges the “Council” with the responsibility of advising the Governor of Florida on matters of policies, law, and services to Native American population in the State of Florida. And to assist the State in carrying out its responsibilities to the Native American population of Florida. Further, advocacy on behalf of Native American population to regional and national level, and all level of various external interest and organizations potentially impacting their interest and rights.
The “Council’s” Board of Directors is comprised of fifteen (15) members who are appointed by the Governor with the advice of the two (2) Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors. The duly elected Chairman of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida are the two (2) Co-Chairman of the Board and the Majority of the members of the Board of Directors are at all times members of the two federally recognized tribes of Florida, Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida and the Seminole Tribe Florida.
Although the “Council” is not structured or funded to provide direct services to individuals or groups, however, the organization sponsors and manages a federally funded Employment and Training Program to eligible disadvantaged, underemployed, or unemployed Native individuals. Assistance is custom designed to meet the needs of each individual at their respective locations throughout the states of Florida and Georgia.
The “Council” also sponsors a two week away from home experience summer program entitled “Florida Indian Youth Program”. The program is designed to promote increased high school graduation rate among Native students, encourage students to aspire to higher learning beyond high school, and an on campus experience at a local University in Tallahassee, Florida. A concomitant program entitled “Leadership Academy” is offered to advanced students nearing high school graduation or are pursuing higher learning already.