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CESO policy veto stands, new policies approved during Council session

CESO policy veto stands, new policies approved during Council session

(Sterling Cosper/Manager) A regular session of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council was held June 17 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee, Okla.

Honey Caranzo/Reporter

Church outside of jurisdiction fails to get funding

OKMULGEE, Okla. — A regular session of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council was held June 17 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee.

Council addressed the following legislation, which was addressed as follows:

A bill veto returned to the Council floor.

TR 17-059 Authorizing the approval of the policy and procedures for the MCN Contracting and Employment Support Office. The veto remained with a vote of 15-0.

The legislation was returned June 1 as a veto.

NCR 17-002 Selecting Jeremy Larney to serve on the Muscogee Nation Business Enterprise Board of Directors. Rep. James Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 15-0.

NCR 17-003 Selecting Jeremy Larney to serve on the Muscogee Nation Businesses Board of Directors. Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 15-0.

TR 17-075 Authorizing the principal chief to execute an agreement between MCN and Aetna Health Inc. Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 15-0.

TR 17-076 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a U.S. Foods customer account application on behalf of MCN Medical Center. Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 15-0.

TR 17-077 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act plan of action with the Southeast Archeological Center of the National Park Service. Rep. Mark Randolph sponsored the resolution, which passed 15-0.

TR 17-078 Confirming the nomination of Elizabeth Yahola to serve on the MCN Citizenship Board. Rep. Dode Barnett sponsored the resolution, which passed 14-1-0 with Rep. Thomas Yahola abstaining.

TR 17-079 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a standard fire alarm sales, monitoring, inspection and services contract at the Eufaula Dormitory site. Barnett sponsored the resolution, which passed 15-0.

TR 17-081 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a memorandum of understanding with Oklahoma State University relating to the Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program in Oklahoma. Randolph sponsored the resolution, which passed 15-0.

TR 17-082 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a letter of completion with the Indian Health Service, the City of Holdenville and the MCN. Yahola sponsored the resolution, which passed 15-0.

TR 17-083 Confirming the nomination of Eugenia Tiger to serve on the MCN Election Board. Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 15-0.

TR 17-084 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a temporary operating permit with the Apehkv Fellowship Church for the operation of one temporary fireworks sales facility on tribal trust land. Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 15-0.

TR 17-085 Authorizing the adoption of policies and procedures for the MCN Contracting and Employment Support Office. Rep. David Hill sponsored the resolution, which was postponed for one month with a vote of 15-0.

The Nation adopted NCA 16-203, known as the MCN Contracting and Employment Support Act.

The law established CESO and authorized that office to implement a policy and procedures.

The policy and procedures have been drafted and need to be reviewed by Council for adoption.

TR 17-086 Confirming the nomination of Amos McNac to serve as a Supreme Court justice of MCN. Rep. Robert Hufft sponsored the resolution, which passed 15-0.

TR 17-087 Authorizing renovation to the Morris Creek Indian Community building roof. Barnett sponsored the resolution, which passed 15-0.

TR 17-088 Authorizing renovation to the Tulsa Creek Indian Community building roof and other necessary repairs. Rep. Lucian Tiger sponsored the resolution, which passed 15-0.

NCA 17-084 Authorizing the expenditure of $15,000 for the benefit of the MCN Tobacco Prevention Program and further authorizing reimbursement of expenditures from sub-award grant funds from the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board. Barnett sponsored the amendment, which was passed 15-0.

NCA 17-085 Authorizing a $10,000 donation to the City of Checotah. Rep. Rufus Scott sponsored the amendment, which passed 15-0.

NCA 17-086 Authorizing a $10,000 donation to sponsor the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) 2017 National Unity Conference. Barnett sponsored the amendment, which passed 15-0.

NCA 17-087 Authorizing a donation to the American Heart Association for the Go Red for Native Women Conference. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 15-0.

NCA 17-088 Amending MCN Code Annotated Title 18, titled, ‘doctorate degree program,’ to assist Muscogee (Creek) citizens pursing doctoral degrees under the existing post-graduate program. Barnett sponsored the amendment, which passed 15-0.

NCA 17-089 Authorizing a $10,000 donation to the National Indian Child Care Association. Barnett sponsored the amendment, which passed 15-0.

NCA 17-090 Establishing the MCN Environmental Services Revolving Fund for all income generated revenue. Rep. Del Beaver sponsored the amendment, which passed 15-0.

NCA 17-091 Authorizing a special appropriation of $4,799.99 to Trenton Indian Baptist Church. Rep. Darrell Proctor sponsored the amendment, which passed 14-1-0 with Hill abstaining.

NCA 17-092 Authorizing a special appropriation of $2,556.61 to Tookparfka Indian Baptist Church. Yahola sponsored the amendment, which passed 15-0.

NCA 17-093 Authorizing a donation of $5,000.00 to the Eufaula Indian Club. Proctor sponsored the amendment, which passed 12-1-2 with Barnett abstaining and Hill and Hufft voting against it .

NCA 17-094 Authorizing a special appropriation of $4,799.99 to Okfuskee Baptist Church. Proctor sponsored the amendment, which passed 14-1-0 with Hill abstaining.

NCA 17-095 Authorizing a special appropriation of $2,089.38 to Nuyaka Indian Baptist Church. Rep. Randall Hicks sponsored the amendment, which passed 15-0

NCA 17-096 Authorizing a special appropriation of $7,149.99 to High Spring Baptist Church. Hicks sponsored the amendment, which passed 14-1-0 with Hill abstaining.

NCA 17-097 Authorizing a special appropriation of $4778.97 to Grant Chapel United Methodist Church. Randolph sponsored the amendment, which passed 15-0.

NCA 17-098 Authorizing a special appropriation of $2,400.38 to All Nations Missions Center. Randolph sponsored the amendment, which passed 14-1-0 with Rep. Joyce Deere abstaining.

NCA 17-099 Authorizing a special appropriation of $3,805 to Buckeye Creek Baptist Church. Hicks sponsored the amendment, which passed 15-0.

NCA 17-100 Authorizing a special appropriation of $50,000 to Tukvpvtce Methodist Church. Scott sponsored the amendment, which passed 13-1-1 with Hicks voting against it and Barnett abstaining.

NCA 17-101 Authorizing a special appropriation of $11,400 to Sand Creek Eufaula Baptist Church. Scott sponsored the amendment, which failed 8-7 with Reps. Johnnie Greene, Pete Beaver, Del Beaver, Deere, Hicks, Jennings and Yahola voting against it.

The church is requesting financial assistance to repair its fellowship hall, which was damaged during a storm. They also would like to have a metal roof on the church and arbor, new windows and paneling.

The church is located outside of jurisdictional boundaries in Wewoka, so it cannot apply for help through the Comprehensive Assistance Grant Program.

A motion was made on the floor to match Seminole Nation’s $4,500 contribution since it is in their jurisdiction, which failed 5-10 with Reps. Mitch Jack, Adam Jones, Pete Beaver, Barnett, Joyce Deere, Hicks, Hill, Hufft, Randolph and Scott voting against it.

The amount was amended on the floor from $35,200 to $11,400, which passed 8-7 with Del Beaver Pete Beaver, Deere, Greene, Hicks, Jennings and Yahola voting against it.

Del Beaver explained his no vote.

“But since that church is out of our jurisdiction, it’s not considered one of our churches. To me, that classifies as a non-profit entity,” he said.

Del Beaver said non-profit entities can receive up to $5,000.

NCA 17-102 Authorizing a special appropriation of $4,400 to Creek Chapel Methodist Church. Greene sponsored the amendment, which passed 15-0.

NCA 17-103 Amending MCNCA Title 37, 2-215 titled, ‘Mound Building Oversight Committee’ and revolving fund. Tiger sponsored the amendment, which passed 13-2 with Barnett and Randolph voting against it.

The amendment would make exterior maintenance of the building the responsibility of the MCN Facilities Department.

Barnett made a motion to postpone the legislation.

“This legislation, it’s changing who is responsible for the upkeep of this building. Currently the Council employees attends to that and I feel that any … employee change of duties need to go through Internal Affairs,” she said.

Barnett asked if this legislation came as a recommendation from the Internal Affairs Committee.

Tiger responded that it came as a recommendation from the oversight comittee.

Barnett explained her no vote.

“That bill entails changing the job description and duties of a current National Council employee and I felt like that should have been approved and had went through our Internal Affairs committee,” she said.

NCA 17-104 Amending MCNCA Title 37, sub-section 2-203M to alter the distribution of funds. Tiger and Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 15-0.

NCA 17-106 Authorizing a special appropriation of $846 to New Beginnings Baptist Church. Del Beaver sponsored the amendment, which passed 15-0.

NCA 17-107 Authorizing a $60,000 donation to the Euchee (Yuchi) Tribe of Indians. Rep. Mitch Jack, Tiger and Hufft sponsored the amendment, which passed 12-3 with Barnett, Greene and Randolph voting against it.

The legislation states that the Yuchi Tribe typically operates with federal grant funds, but has not received funding in two years. The Tribe has since exhausted its finances.

The appropriation would keep the Tribe open for a year so that they can obtain federal funding.

Randolph explained his no vote through a Facebook comment on the June 13 joint Business, Finance and Justice Committee and Land, Natural Resources and Cultural Preservation Committee session posted on the ‘Muscogee Nation News’ page.

‘The decisions that come before Council are often complex. I do support all Mvskoke and Yuchi citizens that comprise our Nation. Speaker Tiger sponsored a bill that I supported putting regulations/stipulations on all recognized communities to receive funding. Communities must present meeting sign in sheets, minutes that reflect the use of appropriated funds, receipts, and audits.

If they do not they are not eligible for funding. A law was also passed that all community requests for financial appropriations must be accompanied by financial documents. If this is a business related venture for economic development a business plan is required.
If we require by law certain stipulations are mandated to meet, it should apply to all
citizens. If not is not a law.

I did explain if it was another group of citizens I would maintain my opinion and vote. This is new territory as this is a different kind of request. Citizens asked me if Tribal Towns are eligible to receive assistance if they find themselves in a bind.

My answer is if this appropriation passes I would vote in favor of assisting Tribal Towns as precedence will be set. The sponsor did say this would be a one time only request but it is not reflected in the bill.
I do try to be fair and consistent and hope people know it is not personal.’

NCA 17-108 Appropriating $61,847 in order to replace MCIC’s roof. Barnett sponsored the amendment, which passed 15-0.

NCA 17-109 Authorizing a special $295,673 appropriation to the Okemah Creek Indian Community. Randolph sponsored the amendment, which passed 15-0.

NCA 17-110 Appropriating $78,322 in order to replace the roof and make other necessary repairs to the TCIC building. Tiger sponsored the amendment, which passed 15-0.

Detailed explanations of the legislation can be found by viewing the following committee sessions: Business, Finance and Justice, Health, Education and Welfare, Land, Natural Resources and Cultural Preservation, BFJ/LNC, LNC/HEW.

 

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  • Micco wesley

    June 22, 2017, 11:15 am

    Churches need to raise there money for falls creek and be more strict/accountable for those members wanting to attend Falls creek when I was young we had car washes and gospel signings that we sold food at to raise funds for such events and churches wonder why they have low membership and when fixing the church up they should have an emergency fund for things like that or members with skills. I was raised with strict up bringing need to see the tribe get back to those strict rules we are mvskoke and why are we always donating to various counties when they just take advantage of funds and laugh behind our back and some counties don’t help our members only make it harder with high prices need to get out and check those different folks out. This is my opinion and thoughts


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