Seminole <<SEHM uh nohl>> Indians once belonged to the Creek confederation of tribes and lived in what are now Alabama and Georgia. Some Seminole spoke the Muskogee language. During the 1700’s, the Seminole moved into Florida, which at that time was occupied by the Spanish. The Indians shared the area with another group of Indians who spoke the Mikasuki language. Together the two groups became known as Seminole, which means runaways.
Today, many Seminole have small farms in Oklahoma. The Seminole who remained in Florida make a living by hunting, fishing, farming, raising cattle, or working in tourism or other industries. Some live in palm-thatched huts called chickees. These open shelters stand on platforms raised above the ground.