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Billy Larry Cypress, 406

Posted By Josue Louis, Thursday, December 5, 2013

Billy Larry Cypress


Billy Larry Cypress was a Seminole tribal historian who directed the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum and spent his entire life teaching children and adults in the ways of Florida's largest Indian tribe. He also served in the U.S. Army as a combat platoon leader, rising to the rank of major. Billy stayed grounded in his native roots and wanted others to understand also. I decided to plant this garden at my church because I’m also grounded in church. All my life that’s what I’ve always known. There was a point where I decided to leave but I was brought back and I’m an advocate for other young adults who feel the same way I felt when I decided to leave. I and Bill have a lot in come like being the first to graduate from college and so forth. I can say the greatest thing we do have in common is our passion for helping others grow like we did. Bills love of the tribe, its culture and its members was evident in everything he did. He spent several years teaching the tribe's Head Start program and worked 18 years in the education department at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. My love for church has allowed me to now join a couple of ministries to spread my gifts and talents to use so others can be blessed. They say great minds think alike and I think me and Bill are very much alike. His passion in tribes being kept sacred is what drove people towards him and I hope to do the same.



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 "RootsWeb: FLORIDA-L Billy Cypress, Tribal Historian, Dead at 61 / April 12, 2004."RootsWeb: FLORIDA-L Billy Cypress, Tribal Historian, Dead at 61 / April 12, 2004. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Nov. 2013.






Billy Larry Cypress

A man admired by the community for his love in the preservation of Seminal Tribal History.

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