Seminole Tribe leader Marcellus Osceola Jr. is elusive, inspiring — but likely unknown to many Floridians Issac Morgan, Florida Phoenix · July 22, 2021 at 3:05 pm On a spring morning in Tallahassee, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ schedule included an in-person meeting in the state Capitol with a Tribe leader considered humble yet dignified, ready to transform the gambling landscape in Florida. When the new 30-year, multibillion-dollar gambling compact between the state of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida was unveiled that day, only two names were on the document signed on April 23: DeSantis and Marcellus W. Osceola Jr., chairman of the Tribal Council. As chief executive of the state, Gov. DeSantis is a known political figure who gets publicity every day. But who is Marcellus W. Osceola Jr.? Most Floridians probably don’t know much about him. In fact, several state lawmakers in South Florida — Osceola lives in that area — told the Florida Phoenix that they’ve never met him.