We. So. Pawnee.

Circle F Dude Ranch
Lake Wales, FL
October 17 – 20

The weekend began like any other.  Fathers and Daughters pack their vehicles with camping supplies, cabin decorations, skit costumes, and Halloween candy.  The battle cry “We So Pawnee” begins as a whisper.  Campers arrive at Circle F Dude Ranch excited for the weekend ahead full of horseback riding, Alpine course, Archery, the Odyssey ropes course, The Blob, canoeing, and so much more.  Memories will be made this weekend to last a lifetime. The bond between father and daughter grows stronger. 

After a scenic drive up US-27, Circle F Dude Ranch comes into view.  The seasoned veteran is excited to see the Odyssey ropes course completed, and the first timers realize this will be a great weekend. We assemble tents and canopies to create a tribal common space.  The girls claim their bunks in the cabin.  The chant of “We so Pawnee” is louder than a whisper now.

Thursday night is the first night of a terrific weekend.  Each tribe settles into their routine.  Some tribes make dinner, some go out.  Tribal traditions run deep.  “We so Pawnee” gaining steam.

Friday is the first full day of camp and everyone is taking full advantage of the lake. Kayaks and canoes are occupied by dads and daughters.  Are they practicing for a canoe race?  My girls love the Blob and swim most of the morning.  What is that sound in the distance? “We so Pawnee.”  More Chiefs arrive as the day continues, and the cabin decorations begin to make their appearance. Skit preparations are also underway. We have Archery and the Rock Wall with Zipline. The fun never stops. 

The aroma of chili means it’s time for the chili cook-off. Mia from Hopi put her heart and soul into her Chili and received second place for her effort.  Way to Go Mia. 

Congratulations Pawnee for claiming First.

  1. Pawnee
  2. Hopi
  3. Navajo tied with Cherokee

It’s Fire Walk time.  The torch is lit as the walk begins at Pawnee and travels through camp gathering Chiefs and Princesses and ends at the Nation bonfire. Nation Chief Sam Rupert welcomes us to the circle where each new Chief and Princess proudly announce their names.  This ceremony also marks the transfer of Chief duty for each tribe to their incoming Chief for 2020. The evening concludes with an ice cream social provided by our Navajo tribe.  Thank you, Navajo.

Saturday begins with horseback riding for the Hopi tribe, followed by the Alpine course.  Thankfully the weather did not affect our morning ride.  How was horseback riding Madison? “Good quality time with my Dad and friends.”  The Alpine course has a swing section and a challenging climb. There is nothing too difficult for our girls. 

Tabletops are completed and judged.

  1. Pawnee
  2. Mojave
  3. Sioux

Cabin Decorations

  1. Pawnee
  2. Navajo
  3. Mojave

Congratulations to the Seminole Tribe for their second year in a row as First place canoe champions.

  1. Seminole
  2. Sioux
  3. Crow

War Games

Hopi finished with the second-best time, but Sioux emerged victorious. The obstacle course proved to be just as challenging as last year.  It is always fun do cheer on our daughters.

  1. Sioux
  2. Hope
  3. Pawnee

Skits are a highlight of Saturday night. “We so Pawnee” can be heard across camp.  Congratulations to Pawnee for a terrific skit performance.

  1. Pawnee
  2. Mojave
  3. Seminole

For some, this weekend marks the last Circle F and to commemorate the achievement we have a Breaking Arrow Ceremony.  Whether it is your first, last, or somewhere in between time watching a Breaking Arrow Ceremony you cannot help but be moved.  The years go by way too fast, but everyone can see how meaningful our organization is.  Father daughter “Bond”-ing is a two-way street; our daughters make us better fathers and we prepare them for the road ahead. 

Sunday concludes our festivities with the Awards and Coup Stick Ceremony. Yes, We so Pawnee.  Congratulations Pawnee Tribe for a well planned and executed Circle F experience. 

Round Up presented by Pawnee

September 22, 2019

Thank you Pawnee

This is the second year for our Round Up event, and it was a success. Our Chiefs and Princesses were dressed in their best flannel, cowboy hats, and boots. Everyone looked great. The evening began with instructor led line dancing and by 8:00 we looked like professionals. Daughters dancing with their Dads is a memory they will have forever. I believe my dance moves improved as the evening continued, but that may just be a side effect of having fun with my girls.

Hopi 2019

The Miccosukee Nation is all about our Princesses. Thank you Pawnee Tribe for making this an evening to remember.

Navajo helps the Bahamas

Great job Navajo

September 6, 2019

Indian Princess is about more than just fathers and daughters spending quality time together . It is about family and community . On September 6 , in the wake of devastating hurricane Dorian , the Navajo tribe banded together with their families and other local charities to support the Bahamian relief effort . The Navajo Families donated food , water, clothing , and essential supplies , while also assisting with boxing and loading outside contributions . The event was a complete success and reinforced the core Miccosukee values of spending time with loved ones and helping others who are in need .

Flick and Float

This is always a great event. Thank you Cherokee and Sioux for all that you do for us. Our Princesses appreciate you.

Upcoming Flick and Float

If you’re interesting in joining Indian Princess and you need more information or you want to meet the group of dads and daughters then bring your bathing suit and join us at the Weston YMCA at Regional Park. Pizza and Soda will be provided. Also you can float in the pool and watch Moana. Friday August 16th from 6p to 9p.

Miccosukee Nation helps Kids in Distress

The Miccosukee Nation participated in this year’s Backpack Drive for the Kids in Distress organization. 

Kids in Distress offers community-based programs such as prevention, intervention, foster care, family counseling, and educational programs such as preschool and aftercare. The Backpack Drive was a great opportunity to introduce our Princesses to community service. 

Chief and Princess creativity come to life like Crayola. 

The girls enjoyed this hands on activity. They picked the backpacks, folders, notebooks, etc. Each bag has a personality.

Helping Dad help others is a great way to bond with Dad and give back to the community.

Ariel, Lightning Chief, and Princess Pink Mist are always eager to help. 

A letter of thanks:

Thank you to all of you wonderful donors! Yesterday I delivered the last of our total of 75 back packs to the agency and the employees there were so happy!

I so appreciate your generosity in packing and flexibility in delivering to me. These packs were overflowing with goodies and treats, adorable outfits and shoes and necessary supplies that will make these children so excited for the beginning of their school year!

Thank you and I look forward to our next drive together!

Jessica

Great job Princesses and Chiefs

Father Daughter Dance 2019

The Miccosukee Nation proudly held our annual Father Daughter Dance at the Bonaventure Resort this past Sunday and it was a success. The Daughters outshined the Dads of course, and everyone enjoyed themselves. There is no better way to end a successful school year welcome the summer break than a bonding experience with your daughter(s).

Madison kindly braided my beard, and Morgan hand picked the bows. One braid per Daughter seems fair. They spent all afternoon getting ready for the big night. It’s 5:00 and do not want to be late for the Dance. Thank you girls for being ready to leave on time.

Bonaventure is not too far from home, but the drive seemed quicker than usual. The early arrivals have Silent Auction items that we help bring inside. The decorations are great, and we grab a quick photo Under the Stars.

The music is playing and we are dancing. Chief Pork Butt can be seen in his natural habitat, on the dance floor.

Chief Good Spirits is new to the Seminole Tribe, and his Princesses love our organization. It’s great to see new faces.

I asked my girls about the food, and they both loved the selection of pasta, salad, chicken, fries, and dinner rolls. I think dessert was their favorite. They love cookies.

The best part of the night for us is when the Dads give roses to their daughters and slow dance. It’s not often when we take the time to be present and appreciate how special this time with our family truly is. They are only young once.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the silent auction and to those who bid. This year is a success and Circle F will be here before we know it. Have a great summer.

Steven Kopf

Chief Fat Daddy

Madison- Princess Animal

Morgan- Princess Ice Coffee

Disney April 2019

Thanks for joining us!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Steven Kopf

April 25, 2019

Some of us arrive early to setup camp. The Princesses play while the tents are assembled. Soon after, it’s time for dinner. The Chiefs start the grill, and get to cooking. Hamburgers, hotdogs, steak, zucchini, and vegetarian options are available. After dinner S’mores are always a good idea. We are on Daddy Daughter time, but we still wash up and brush our teeth, then off to bed in our luxurious tents.

April 26, 2019

The camper start waking around 07:00 am and know our Hopi Chief will have breakfast served at 09:00 am. The Hopi Medicine Man assists the Chief with scrambled eggs, bacon, turkey bacon, tater tots, and an assortment of cereal to satisfy the Tribe.

After breakfast we head to the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool for some fun on the slide. Some find the hot tub inviting. Disney pool staff organized games and chalk drawing. The Friday of our Disney Campout is all about your tribe. Some of us went for a bike ride and saw a deer.

Madison, Morgan, and I went to Disney Springs with David and Carly and ate lunch at the Chicken Guy. Disney Springs has so much to offer from shopping to dining.

It’s back to camp and time to help new arrivals setup their tents. We work together as a tribe and as a nation. After all, we are all in this program together.

Some tribes have a cookout for dinner, and some tribes like Hopi go out to GameTime in Ocoee. We would like to send a special thank you to Chief Mike Abecassis for hosting us and planning a great evening of bowling, video games, and dinner.

Back to camp and time for bed. Yes Mom we brushed our teeth.

April 27, 2019

Wake up! We are going to Blizzard Beach!

Chiefs prepare breakfast, and Princesses are happy. Eggs, bacon, pancakes, and cereal for everyone. It’s organized chaos as park tickets and flip flops are dispersed. Off to Blizzard Beach.

At Blizzard Beach, and sunblock is my best friend. It’s time for slides and the wave pool. Maybe a lazy river too.

Time for lunch. There are vegetarian options other than salad which may offset the carnivore meals we’ve had already.

More sunblock, and back at it. Summit Plummit, Slush Gusher, and The Wave Pool rounded out the day.

Back to camp to get ready for the Nation dinner. Special thanks to Mike Abecasis for providing a wide variety of food choices, and plenty of it. I personally enjoyed adding chicken to my Cesar salad. with a I even had a Cherry Coke. My girls went back for seconds of everything.

As the evening continues, everyone knows Hopi is preparing the midnight buffet. This tradition predates my memory. I need to reach out to past Hopi Chiefs to see it I can find out how it all started, but nevertheless the tradition continues.

Before we know it, the evening comes to an end everyone settles in for the last night. This is another successful and fun filled Disney Campout.

Thank you to all Tribes and Chiefs for a great weekend.