Tree trimmer with links to tribal leader runs multimillion-dollar businesses

Full story: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Krishna Lawrence was 22 and making a living trimming trees in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew when he met Seminole Tribal Council member David Cypress.
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Felix

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Nov 28, 2007
 
I thought Indians lived off of the land.

It's not a nation, it's a business.
WOW I WANNA BE AN INDIAN

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#3
Nov 28, 2007
 
Felix wrote:
I thought Indians lived off of the land.
It's not a nation, it's a business.
YEA! AND IT'S OWNED BY DAVID CYPRESS!

SAD, SAD, SAD

BUT......WHO CARES....THE TRIBE SURE DOESN'T
J PATHON

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Nov 28, 2007
 
WHY IS THIS ARTICLE SO NEGATIVE? I LOOK AT KRISHNA LAWRENCE AND I THINK WHAT A SUCCESS STORY. HERE IS A MAN WHO CAME FROM NOTHING AND HAS WORKED HARD TO PROVIDE FOR HIS FAMILY. LIKE YOU SAID IN THIS ARTICLE KRIS WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO WOULD DRIVE OUT TO THE RESERVATION TO DO THE WORK NEEDED TO MAINTAIN THE LANDSCAPE. HE DESRVES ALL THE SUCCESS HE HAS. AFTER TODAY I WILL NO LONGER READ THE SCUM-SUNTIENAL!!!!!!!!!!
The King of all Posters

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#5
Nov 28, 2007
 
Hard work equals success. Another non-story by the Sun-Sentinel. Thanks for your obvious attempt to discredit the Seminoles, support Dan Adkins and the four Broward pari-mutuals (big advertisers), and a blatent attempt at your first Pulitzer (Columbia University and the Pulitzer Prize Board won't be so easily swayed, however).
realtormiss

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Nov 28, 2007
 
Why is this anybody's business? How is this a "scoop"?
Robert Forster

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#7
Nov 28, 2007
 
Another pathetic attempt by the Scum Sentinel to tear down the Tribe. Working with friends and business colleagues on a variety of ventures is somehow a crime? Sounds like this guy is a great entrepreneur who has provided legitimate business services to the tribe and has attempted to parlay his financial success into other areas. It happens every day in the "white" world I live in...shame shame shame on the Sun.
SUN SENTINEL

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Nov 28, 2007
 
what is your problem with the Seminoles? Seems to me your barking up the wrong tree. You do much more you will probably get bitten. So what the tribe is a business. Much better than any city in Broward County. Remember the Diplomat that the trib wanted to buy and put in a casino? The city of Hollywood said no, and then they opened the casino at the Hard Rock. Good for them! Its better than any casino at a horse, dog, or falling down Jai Alai Palace. Get off your high horse and stop picking on the tribe, enough all ready.
MAX OSCEOLA

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Nov 28, 2007
 
IT IS OUR MONEY, WE CAN DO WHAT WE WANT WITH IT.
Get off our arse

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Nov 28, 2007
 
MAX OSCEOLA wrote:
IT IS OUR MONEY, WE CAN DO WHAT WE WANT WITH IT.

when you say WE do you mean the council or all of us as a tribe. YOU GUYS ARE CROOK'S take a stand against this B***S**T spending or would that be to hypocritical of you to point out someone else's spending?
no casino for me

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#11
Nov 28, 2007
 
Americans are making the Seminoles rich. If we don't go to the casinos, they will be back to the $100.00 per month for each family member..

Look at the lavish homes, you and your relatives have put them there. You have paid for each pricey palm tree, and the 6k in mulch at one home. Keep your Grandma at home.

Tree trimmer, rich, sounds like a front ..just one more scam in South Florida, that is not a SUCCESS story..SUCCESS takes years,and hard work, not just meeting up with a Indian.

Too many companies changing hands. I smell a rat.

What goes around comes around. Time will tell.
not stupid

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Nov 28, 2007
 
Sounds like the tree trimmer is Cypress's little bitch. What a scam these two have going
from the rez

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Nov 28, 2007
 
You would have to do a lot more than just stop going to the casinos. Don't you realize what type of business tycoon the Tribe really is. Yes it got its start in gambling. But look more closely, you would be suprises at how much they truly own. Yeah they would take a hit without the casinos... but it won't stop the revenue from the other business. The Tribe is a whole lot smarter than they are given credit for. You really think they would make any type of business choice that could alternately hurt themselves muchless the Tribe? There is no way the people would stand for it.
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Nov 28, 2007
 
unfortunately this article blows and fails to really explain the issue.... it is not a wonderful american success story. it is another avenue to get money from the tribe. the amount that 5points invoices the tribe for is 5 times the industry standard for landscaping -- even by other tribal own companies on the remote reservations. 100k bill for a couple trees at a lot with a trailer.

the other issue the scum sentinel is not exploring is how there is never a balnace budget -- hence someone in the finance department knows every september that this is going on and just covers it up.

and finally, let this article serve as a lesson to the bc boyz.... this is exactly what you get for cutting off jamie r's coke supply and suzie's plastic surgery purse. here's is the sick irony -- after years of taking the tribe to the cleaners the whore has now opened a literal laundrymat a mile down the road from the hollywood rez. sunbiz.org
I hate polititions

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Nov 28, 2007
 
MAX OSCEOLA wrote:
IT IS OUR MONEY, WE CAN DO WHAT WE WANT WITH IT.
Yeah you definitly are doing what you want so I've read!! It will come back on you it usually does!
I hate polititions

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Nov 28, 2007
 
swampbuggy wrote:
unfortunately this article blows and fails to really explain the issue.... it is not a wonderful american success story. it is another avenue to get money from the tribe. the amount that 5points invoices the tribe for is 5 times the industry standard for landscaping -- even by other tribal own companies on the remote reservations. 100k bill for a couple trees at a lot with a trailer.
the other issue the scum sentinel is not exploring is how there is never a balnace budget -- hence someone in the finance department knows every september that this is going on and just covers it up.
and finally, let this article serve as a lesson to the bc boyz.... this is exactly what you get for cutting off jamie r's coke supply and suzie's plastic surgery purse. here's is the sick irony -- after years of taking the tribe to the cleaners the whore has now opened a literal laundrymat a mile down the road from the hollywood rez. sunbiz.org
who cares if they've been cut off Iam glad they are no longer a part of the tribe even if they told on everyone>>> someday that kris lawrence is going to be sitting in his million dollar home with a book deal about the tribe once he's cutt off from the tribe!
I hate polititions

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Nov 28, 2007
 
realtormiss wrote:
Why is this anybody's business? How is this a "scoop"?
It's not really anyones but you have to think who could benefit from this??? The state, rubio, the boats or who? any way this turns out some one wants the casino business in their posession and billions for themselves.
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Nov 28, 2007
 
J PATHON wrote:
WHY IS THIS ARTICLE SO NEGATIVE? I LOOK AT KRISHNA LAWRENCE AND I THINK WHAT A SUCCESS STORY. HERE IS A MAN WHO CAME FROM NOTHING AND HAS WORKED HARD TO PROVIDE FOR HIS FAMILY. LIKE YOU SAID IN THIS ARTICLE KRIS WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO WOULD DRIVE OUT TO THE RESERVATION TO DO THE WORK NEEDED TO MAINTAIN THE LANDSCAPE. HE DESRVES ALL THE SUCCESS HE HAS. AFTER TODAY I WILL NO LONGER READ THE SCUM-SUNTIENAL!!!!!!!!!!
Exactly, all Kris did was supply the need for a large demand for landscaping services. Big cypress is 47 milies west then go 28 miles north. What company can afford to send their crews out there everyday especially with fuel prices the way they are today. I Love Kris and Amy Lawrence to death they are wonderful people and parents. They would give you the shirt off their back if someone was in need.
May God continue to bless the Lawrence family
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Nov 28, 2007
 
then kris and amy should just bill for the work done and not pad the bill for david's kickback. over 100 employees of the tribe drive that distance (or more) to the reservations everyday on their own gas. big whoop. same thing with other consultants and services provided at big cypress, immokalee and brighton. none of those people are charging 5 times as much as the market rate for their services. kris and amy are not missionaries for goodness sakes! they are fools. because when the hachett comes down david is not going to protect them. just like with jamie. just like with suzie. and just like what is about to happen to you, carter. you can be friends, you can be business partners. but at the end of the day you ain't nobody but a damn white fool.
Taxpayer

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#20
Nov 28, 2007
 
Let me get this straight. We play cowboys and Indians and the cowboys win and leave the Indians in poverty. They finally are able to make some money in the gambling business and everyone is mad, or is it jealous? Cut some slack and give them a break.
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#21
Nov 28, 2007
 
Off Topic

How dare the Scum Smellywell allow AA to publish an ad in Hispanish in this english language fish wrapper, ex news paper ?

It's bad enough having to listen to their jabber in Publix and ocassionaly hitting the wrong remote button and having to hear their rubbish.

I hope all the english speakers left in BC now cancel their subscriptions in protest.

Also leave the Indians and gamblers alone. If they want to gamble let them. The indians can run their own affairs as badly as they wish. After all look at what the good Christian Bush has wrought over just 7 years of stupidity.

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