Kellyville schools request funds to assist football team
OKMULGEE, Okla. — A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Health, Education and Welfare Committee meeting was held May 8 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee.
HEW addressed the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributed to language in the bills:
TR 17-064 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a grant agreement between MCN and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Tulsa affiliate, for the receipt of a Susan G. Komen community grant. Rep. Dode Barnett sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.
MCN has been awarded a Susan G. Komen Community Grant in the amount of $65,287.
The community grant funds will be used to reduce the number of patients that do not follow up with their continued medical care due to various barriers that cause them not to participate in the continuum of prescribed health care.
TR 17-065 Authorizing the principal chief to execute an internship agreement for professional experience placements, resolution sponsored by Barnett, which passed 4-0.
The MCN Family Violence Prevention Program wishes to act as an internship site for a student of the University of Oklahoma currently completing a master’s degree.
The student is eligible to receive funding through the Osage Nation Education Department for hours worked during internship.
MCN must execute an internship agreement for professional experience placements with the Osage Nation for the student to receive funding.
TR 17-066 Adopting a procurement policy for the expenditure of Indian Housing Block Grant funds. Barnett sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.
Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act states that each recipient shall develop a written procurement policy.
The procurement policy needs to be updated to include procurement standards of 2 CFR 200.
Lines 19, 20, 21 of the legislation were removed and amended on the floor. The amendment passed 4-0.
NCA 17-056 Amending MCN Code Annotated Title 11, Section 3-201, titled, Annual Community Operation and Development Fund. Rep. James Jennings sponsored the amendment, which was postponed indefinitely with a vote of 4-0.
MCNCA Title 11 section 3-201B would be amended to read, ‘funds may not be used for: community board/committee member stipends; personal rent or mortgage; personal loans; purchase of vehicle(s); per capita payments; board meals; gift cards; or mobile phones.’
NCA 17-071 Authorizing the expenditure of $65,287 in funds awarded from Susan G. Komen Tulsa Community Grant for the MCN Department of Health. Barnett sponsored the amendment, which was passed 4-0.
The grant funds will be used by MCNDH to provide a case manager for women’s health.
NCA 17-072 Authorizing a supplemental appropriation of $15,000 to the Veterans Affairs Services Office for fiscal year 2017 budget. Rep. Joyce Deere sponsored the amendment, which was passed 4-0 and will be forwarded on to the Business, Finance and Justice committee for the funding source.
The supplemental funds are being requested to increase the supplies, uniforms and accessories, project activity and client services line items.
NCA 17-073 Authorizing a donation of $5,000 to the Oklahoma Native All-State Association. Deere sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded on to the BFJ committee for the funding source.
ONASA is a non-profit organization that supports American Indian student athletes.
ONASA is requesting financial assistance to sponsor the 2nd Annual ONASA All-State Games.
ONASA is eligible for financial assistance in the amount of $5,000 per MCNCA Title 35 12-103 B.
NCA 17-074 Authorizing a $7,500 donation to Kellyville Public Schools. Rep. Lucian Tiger and Barnett sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-1, with Jennings voting against it. The legislation will be forwarded on to the BFJ committee for the funding source.
KPS is requesting a donation to assist their football program.
KPS is eligible for financial assistance in the amount of $2,000 per MCNCA Title 35 12-103 D, waiving of said law is required to appropriate the requested amount.
The waiver will be granted with a two-thirds vote of the full Council.
NCA 17-075 Amending Title 11, 6-303, titled “Audits.” Barnett sponsored the amendment, which was postponed for next month with a vote of 4-0.
MCNCA Title 11, 6-303 would be amended to read, ‘MCN Chartered Communities will have an audit annually of any financial resources of the chartered community’s enterprises or community business for fiscal period 2016 and every fiscal year thereafter.
The expense of such audit shall be the responsibility of the community and paid for by community business funds. The audit shall be completed within 120 days after the end of the fiscal year audited.
All chartered communities shall be required to prepare an annual financial summary report to the principal chief and Council.’
NCA 17-076 Appropriating a $5,000 donation to the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. Deere sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded on to the BFJ committee for funding sources.
OSUIT has recently purchased properties in order to expand its campus. The properties will be renovated to provide housing for 74 students.
OSUIT is eligible for financial assistance in the amount of $2,000 per MCNCA Title 35 12-103 D, and will require a waiver by two-thirds of the full Council.
NCA 17-080 Appropriating $25,279.39 to MCNDH for the medical alert program. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded on to the BFJ committee for the funding source.
The medical alert program is to ensure that some of the Nation’s most vulnerable citizens have access to calling for help at the touch of a button.
The medical alert system will provide individuals with an emergency response unit that will send immediate assistance to those citizens who may need it during an emergency.
Approved legislation will be sent to the full Council session for a vote.
The Council’s regular session will be held May 20. ‘Muscogee Nation News’ will provide full coverage of the session in the next edition.