December of 2004, the Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe Inc. acquired 27.98 acres of land at 4750 Willard Norris Road in Milton Florida 32570. In November of 2013 an additional 25.84 acres was acquired, and 39.61 acres was acquired in February of 2014.
The tribal grounds are now 93.43 acres of which most remains in natural forest. There is approximately one half mile of Pond Creek which runs through the property. The grounds are used as a wildlife sanctuary for the release of rescued and rehabilitated wildlife.
In 2014 our Tribe was blessed with a grant from Impact 100 which enabled the building of a road, installation of underground electrical service, a water well and restrooms. this infrastructure was in preparation for the building of a Native American Cultural Center.
In 2016 our tribe was once more blessed with a grant from Impact 100. Construction of the restrooms, and the dance circle was completed in the fall of that year.
Our annual Pow Wow was held for the first time at our Tribal Grounds in 2016. An estimated 5,000 people attended the two-day event. There were more than 40 vendors of Native American clothing, jewelry and crafts.
For 2017, Construction of the Native American Cultural Center began in late summer/early fall. It will house the Native American Artifacts Museum, Genealogy Resource Center and a multipurpose room.
The 2017 Powwow was also a great success in spite of a little rain and lower temperatures on day two. It featured a grass covered Dance Circle, Sacred Fire Circle and Drummers ChiKi. The head dancers were Harley "Red Hawk" McGhee and his daughter Sarah. Drums of the Descendents drummed and sang. Bill "Buffalo" Truax was the Master of Ceremonies.
The Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe is on the move. Future projects include; a replica Creek Village, Nature Trails and Boardwalks, and continuing improvements to our Cultural Center, Museum and Pow Wow Grounds.
We will be hosting groups from youths to seniors at the Native American Cultural Center. Educational programs teaching the language, heritage and culture will be presented. A Primitive Campground will be available to Youth organizations.
Here we GROW!!! Check back for further updates.