Seminole Tribe reelects Cypress as chairman 5-15-07

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - Incumbent Mitchell Cypress retained his post as chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, beating out challenger Moses B. Osceola by 100 votes.

Cypress received 600 votes in Monday's election for a second term. He has overseen the tribe during a period of tremendous wealth capped off by its recent purchase of the Hard Rock chain of cafes and the expansion of its casinos.

Osceola received 500 votes and had served president of the tribe's board for the past four years.

Richard Bowers was selected as the new board president. He received 427 votes.

There are Seminole reservations in Big Cypress in the Everglades, Hollywood, Tampa, Immokalee, Fort Pierce and Brighton in Glades County.

The Seminoles have land, cattle and citrus holdings and operate seven casinos in the state.