Tampa Indian Reservation

The Tampa Reservation is one of six Seminole Indian reservations governed by the federally recognized Seminole Tribe of Florida. It is located in Hillsborough County, Florida.[1]

Tampa Reservation
Total population
200 residents[1] (2002)
Regions with significant populations
 United States ( Florida)
English, Miccosukee, Creek
Christianity, traditional tribal religion
Related ethnic groups
Other Seminole people, Miccosukee

Economic development

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa is located on the reservation in Tampa, Florida, as well as the Hard Rock Cafe, Green Room, and a food court.[2]


Tampa Reservation was founded in 1980 on nine acres of land. Ruby Tiger Osceola and 17 members of her family moved from Bradenton onto the reservation, at the urging of then-Chief James E. Billie.[1]


Other Seminole Tribe of Florida reservations are:


Most members of the tribe are bilingual, speaking the Mikasuki language (which is also spoken by the Miccosukee Tribe) and English. Use of both Muskogean languages has declined among younger people.

See also


  1. Cridlin, Jay. "Seminole matriarch shaped reservation." St. Petersburg Times: Tampa Bay. 17 June 2002. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  2. "Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa." 500 Nations. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  3. Pritzker 392
  4. Daniel Chang, "Seminole Tribe to Close Park Near Hollywood", Miami Herald, 14 September 2012


  • Pritzker, Barry M. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0-19-513877-1.

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