"The Great Floridian", Deaconess Harriet Bedell, an episcopal missionary hailing from Buffalo created positive relations with indigenous Indian tribes in the Everglades area. The old mission house was donated by the Collier Corporation, creating a safe haven for Native Americans to learn hygiene, health and the word of God. Deaconess Bedell would encourage the Native Americans and taught them to have pride in their culture and heritage. she would sell the crafts created by the Native Americans to wholesale markets in the north, offering all proceeds back to the tribe. Her respect for the natives and their culture allowed her the opportunity to attend special tribal ceremonies, a very rare experience for outsiders, even still today.