We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is the Miccosukee Indian Reservation?

Niki Acker
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
America Explained is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At America Explained, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

The Miccosukee Indian Reservation is the homeland of members of the Miccosukee, a Native American tribe. It is located in Florida, in parts of Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. The Miccosukee Indian Reservation is comprised of three areas: Tamiami Trail, Alligator Alley, and Krome Avenue.

Tamiami Trail is the area with the largest Miccosukee population and the site of most Tribal operations. Part of the land is dedicated to a traditional Miccosukee lifestyle, including hunting, fishing, and subsistence agriculture, and commercial development is prohibited. The reservation also features an Indian village and museum open to visitors. The Indian village showcases traditional arts and crafts, cooking, and demonstrations with alligators. Tamiami Trail is located 40 miles (64 km) west of Miami.

Alligator Alley is the largest of the three sections of the Miccosukee Indian Reservation. It is located in western Broward County, where it borders Collier County. Alligator Alley features a gas station and service plaza.

Krome Avenue, the smallest portion of the Miccosukee Indian Reservation, is home to the Miccosukee Resort & Casino, as well as a tobacco shop and convention center. In addition to hotel accommodations, gaming, and dining, the resort features a European spa and Club Egret, a child-care center and play space. The Krome Avenue section of the Miccosukee Indian Reservation is located at the intersection of Tamiami Trail and Krome Avenue.

The Miccosukee tribe, once known as the Lower Chiaha, historically lived in present day Georgia with the Upper Chiaha, with whom they formed one of the Muskogee Creek tribes. They later separated from the Upper Chiaha, and migrated to Alabama, then moved to Florida around the turn of the 19th century. The Miccosukee joined with the Seminole tribe during the Second and Third Seminole Wars of the mid-19th century, but officially separated from the Seminoles in the 1950s, gaining federal recognition in 1962.

Tribal membership is open to anyone who has a Miccosukee mother, and is not enrolled with any other Native American tribe. The tribe is active in environmental preservation efforts. They also sponsor the Miccosukee Championship, a Professional Golfers Association (PGA) event, and several National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) teams.

The language of the Miccosukee tribe is Mikasuki, also called Hitchiti-Mikasuki, a Muskogean language related to Choctaw and Creek-Seminole. Mikasuki currently has about 500 speakers. The Hitchiti language, which was mutually intelligible with Mikasuki and possibly part of a single dialect continuum, is now extinct.

America Explained is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Niki Acker
By Niki Acker
"In addition to her role as a America Explained editor, Niki Foster is passionate about educating herself on a wide range of interesting and unusual topics to gather ideas for her own articles. A graduate of UCLA with a double major in Linguistics and Anthropology, Niki's diverse academic background and curiosity make her well-suited to create engaging content for WiseGeekreaders. "
Discussion Comments
By latte31 — On Oct 26, 2011

I really love the museums on the Miccosukee reservation -- I actually found out about it through my kids, since they went on field trips there a few times and really loved it.

I finally went with them as a parent volunteer, and I have to say, it was really interesting! I was surprised how much I learned about the culture.

By sneakers41 — On Oct 25, 2011

@Icecream17 - I know in Broward county there is the Seminole Indian reservation, which is a little north of Miami. That is where the famous Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is located.

It is really quite a tourist spot. I bet that many cities could see a lot of tax revenue if they opened their own private casinos to compete with the ones on these Indian reservations, but the movement does have its share of controversy.

By icecream17 — On Oct 25, 2011

The gambling on the Indian reservations like Miccosukee is really popular, because in Miami Dade County this is the only legal gambling available. There are measures currently in place in order to expand legalized gambling to the area, but in the past the residents didn’t want it.

The problem is that the casinos on the Indian reservations do not generate any tax revenue so many in the county government want to expand gambling so that the county could have receive much of the enormous potential tax revenue that they could generate.

The problem in the past has been that many residents were against the expansion of gambling outside of the Indian reservations because they felt that it would lead to an increase in crime.

A lot of people are now rethinking this because many city governments like those in Miami are in desperate need of tax dollars and the casinos could also draw more tourist traffic as well.

Niki Acker
Niki Acker
"In addition to her role as a America Explained editor, Niki Foster is passionate about educating herself on a wide...
Learn more
America Explained, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

America Explained, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.