stephen and elizabeth

Stephen Bowers and Elizabeth Bates 

Stephen Bowers is a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and has worked for the tribe more than forty (40) years, serving for different tribal Chairman during this time.  He is the current Seminole Tribal Liaison for the Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs and Veteran Affairs.

Stephen resides with his wife, Elizabeth, on the Seminole Tribe of Florida Hollywood Reservation where he grew up.  He attended public school and graduated from McArthur High School in Hollywood near the reservation.  He attended Broward Community College before he was inducted into the military, and sent to Vietnam where he served from 1969-1970 in the United States Army, 173rd Airborne Brigade.  He was released early from his assigned tour of duty in Vietnam because of the death of his father in a car accident.  His mother pleaded with him not to return to Vietnam, and “moved heaven and earth” for him to stay home and help her.  Ft. Stewart, Georgia was Stephen’s final place of discharge from the US Army Airborne Infantry in 1971 as a Sergeant E-5.

After leaving the Army, Stephen attended the Antioch School of Law, and participated in the National Indian Paralegal Project in Washington D.C.  After completing this program, he stayed in D.C. and served as an Aide to with Senator James Abourezk (D-SD).  Upon returning to South Florida, he enrolled in the University of Miami’s School of Continuing Studies where he received a Certificate in Paralegal Studies.

Stephen has been very active in Veteran organizations for many years.  He helped co-found the Seminole Tribe of Florida Honor Guard with another tribal member, Vietnam Era veteran, Mitchell Cypress, who later served as the Tribe’s Chairman from 2002-2011.  The Seminole Honor Guard has participated in numerous local, state, and national events and Indian Pow-wows throughout the country.  They Honor Guard continues to bring in the flags for all Florida State University graduation ceremonies, sometimes with the help of members from VVA Chapter 23.

Stephen, and his wife Elizabeth, are currently working on a project to include an American Indian Veterans Memorial Veterans Exhibit in the new Education Center at the Wall on the National Mall in Washington D. C. which will be built on land adjacent to the Vietnam Wall Memorial.  Through the non-profit, American Indian Veterans Memorial, Inc. (AIVMI), they partnered with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) to raise money to build the Education Center. They are also developing the American Indian/Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander Exhibit that will recognize the contributions and sacrifices of these veterans who served the most, per capita, than any other distinguished group in the Vietnam War.  Stephen chairs the “Honoring First American Veterans” Fundraising Campaign for VVMF.

Stephen is the current President of the Florida Seminole Veterans Foundation, and Chairman of Veteran Affairs Committee for United South and Eastern Tribes (USET).  He is a member of American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and a Lifetime member of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 23 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Stephen is the current President of VVA Chapter 23, and has also served as Vice President and Secretary.  He serves VVA also at the national level as Chairman of Indian Affairs on the VVA Minority Affairs Committee, and is a member of the VVA National Agent Orange/Dioxin and Other Toxic Exposures Committee.

For several years, Stephen served on the Planning and Sponsorship Committees of Broward Days, a non-partisan organization that helps local non-profits work with Florida State Legislators.  Both Stephen and his wife Elizabeth are Lifetime members of Leadership Broward, a foundation that helps promote leadership in non-profits serving the Broward community.  Stephen maintains interests in Indian Affairs, Civil Rights, Federal & State Legislation and History, and college and pro football.  When not traveling, he and his wife are avid (but not serious) golfers.

Contact:  Stephen Bowers, Seminole Tribe of Florida, 6300 Stirling Road, Hollywood, Florida  33024

Phone:  954-966-6300 x11480   Cell: 954-609-0536   Email:



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