Jessica McBride/Managing Editor
Committee approves Checotah community lease
OKMULGEE, Okla. — A joint session of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council’s Health, Education and Welfare Committee and the Land, Natural Resources and Cultural Preservation Committee was held May 9 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee.
HEW/LNC addressed the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributed to language in the bills:
TR 17-069 Authorizing construction at the Wetumka Indian Community Smoke Shop location. Rep. Thomas Yahola sponsored the resolution, which passed 7-0.
The Wetumka Creek Indian Community voted on and approved a new economic development endeavor to generate additional revenue for the community.
The community wants to purchase an icehouse and place it on tribal property near the smoke shop. The project will be financed through the Mvskoke Loan Fund, and MCN Tribal Construction will oversee renovation and construction on the property.
TR 17-070 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a lease agreement on tribal property for the benefit of the Checotah Indian Community. Rep. Darrell Proctor sponsored the resolution, which passed 7-0.
The Checotah Creek Indian Community is requesting permission to rent tribal property located on White Stag Road in Checotah. The property is currently rented to an individual for $200 per month.
CCIC has passed a resolution to enter into a lease with the individual to use the building.
MCN Code Annotated Title 11 requires a lease agreement approved by Council for any use of facilities in excess of one month.
MCN Attorney General Kevin Dellinger said during the meeting that the lease would need to be amended to reflect the property is in trust, and not fee land. He said if approved, the Council would have time to make the appropriate changes before the Council’s monthly session.
Rep. Dode Barnett was absent. Rep. Mitch Jack was excused.
The legislation passed through the joint session will move on to be addressed during the May 20 Council regular session.