Michael James, photographer and writer grew up on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee in S. Central Florida. After graduating from Okeechobee High School he attended the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale and studied photography. After art school he worked as a major events photographer at Daytona International Speedway. He eventually returned home to Okeechobee and spent the next 18 years as a commercial photographer in a career that carried him across North America. In 1995 he went to work almost exclusively writing and producing original photographic work for the Seminole Tribe of Florida where he became aquainted with many friends and a wealth of rare experiences and opportunities. During the 5 years he spent with the 'Tribe' he covered all of the Region 13 Indian National Finals Rodeo events across the country and into Canada in addition to writing special projects related to health issues in Native American populations. Michael also wrote on issues concerning the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and was an advocate for the protection of ancient Native American burials and cultural sites. His work earned him a Native American Journalist Association award for writing, the first time ever the award went to a non Native American. Today he lives with his family in Chapel Hill North Carolina where he works in the health care field and continues to write about his experiences with the Seminole Tribe, life in South Florida, and other topics. He is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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