American Indian Graduate Center honors former Seminole Tribal Leader

The Center for Native Scholarships has established the Max Osceola, Jr. Memorial Fund

Max Osceola, Jr. Memorial Fund - Former Seminole Tribal Leader

American Indian Graduate Center honors the life and legacy of Max Osceola, Jr. (Seminole Tribe of Florida) with the Max Osceola, Jr. Memorial Fund.

Mr. Osceola, Jr., who was a former chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s council and represented the Hollywood Seminole Reservation, began his journey to the spirit world last week. He was 70.

Mr. Osceola, Jr. was a dedicated Tribal leader, having served on the Seminole Tribal Council for more than two decades. He was re-elected to 13 consecutive two-year terms between 1985 and 2010. During his tenure he augmented Seminole Tribal gaming by expanding its gambling operations and overseeing the construction of the Seminole Hard Rock hotel, cafe and casino.

“Max has changed the course of history for the Seminole Tribe, but more importantly he has left a lasting impact in the hearts of the Seminole people,” said Chairman Ernest Stevens, Jr. of the National Indian Gaming Association and American Indian Graduate Center Board Member. “He had a huge heart, and knew how to have fun when it was time to have fun. Yet his work ethic was unquestionably powerful and disciplined. I pray for his wife, Marge, and his children that they may find comfort and peace. It is a privilege and an honor to call Max my friend. I miss him deeply and will carry his memory with me always.”

“American Indian Graduate Center is honored to celebrate the life and legacy of Mr. Osceola, Jr.,” said Angelique Albert (Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes), American Indian Graduate Center Executive Director. “His love and commitment for his Tribal community throughout his life is a testament to his dedication to empowering our people. Creating the Max Osceola, Jr. Memorial Fund is the perfect way to commemorate an incredible man who has given so much to Indian Country.”

Beyond his service to his Tribe, Mr. Osceola, Jr. also worked with several nonprofit organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs, Ann Storck Center, Winterfest, the Victory Junction Camp and Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America. In 2017, he was inducted into the Broward Education Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003 he also was inducted into the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. Osceola, Jr.’s family has asked for his memory to be honored with donations to American Indian Graduate Center, which can be made online or by calling 800.628.1920.