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What is the meaning behind the Seminole flag?

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The four colors featured in the Seminole flag represent the four cardinal directions, and the tribal seal shows an open fire inside a chickee, the Seminole's traditional homestead. The image inside the seal represents the tribal council.

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The Seminole flag was designed by Chief Jim Billie, replacing an earlier flag that was adopted at the signing of the Seminole constitution in 1957. Some interpretations of the flag's coloring see the stripes of color as representing four different human races: Europeans as being represented by the white stripe, Africans by the black strip, Asians by the yellow stripe and the Seminole by the red one.

The chickee home shown on the flag is built out of palmetto stilts and planted on a raised floor. The structure has no walls and shows a fire as well as six red dashes representing the members of the tribal council. The flag's design is similar to that of the neighboring Miccosukee tribe, taking the color scheme as well as a similar tribal seal.

The Seminole are one of the only sovereign Native American nations that fly its own flag next to the flag of the surrounding state. The tribe's capitol headquarters flies a U.S. flag, a Seminole flag and the flag of the state of Florida.

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