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Legislation funding a farmhouse passes during LNC

Legislation funding a farmhouse passes during LNC

(MNN File Photo) The Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Land, Natural Resources and Cultural Preservation Committee met July 11 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee, Okla.

Darren DeLaune/Reporter

Legislation addressing church lawn mowers, camps considered

OKMULGEE, Okla. — A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Land, Natural Resources and Cultural Preservation Committee meeting was held July 11 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee.

LNC addressed the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributed to language in the bills:

TR 17-091 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a transfer agreement among the Indian Health Service on behalf of the United States of America and the Vivian Rural Water District No. 6. Rep. Del Beaver sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

A memorandum of agreement was made Mar. 15, 2007, regarding the provision of water supply improvements for Indian families residing within the Okmulgee Service Unit of McIntosh County. The construction has been completed and will be transferred from IHS to the Vivian Rural Water District No. 6.

TR 17-092 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a memorandum of agreement between the Indian Health Service, MCN and City of Henryetta for community water system improvements for Indian-owned homes in Okmulgee County. Del Beaver sponsored the resolution, which 4-0.

MCN and the City of Henryetta want to obtain satisfactory water facilities for 373 existing Indian homes in Okmulgee County.

TR 17-093 Authorizing the construction of a farmhouse at the Dustin Ranch and the Hanna Farm. Rep. Mark Randolph sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

The legislation states that both the ranch and farm are in need of a farmhouse facility to provide bathrooms, air-conditioned office space, hand washing and the capability of hosting a server for security cameras to monitor the facility.

TR 17-094 Authorizing the principal chief to execute an amendment No. 1 to the memorandum of agreement between MCN and IHS for the construction of individual on-site sewer systems in McIntosh County. Del Beaver sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

A memorandum of agreement was made Feb. 10, 2012 for the purpose of obtaining satisfactory sanitary sewer facilities to serve five homes located within the community of Salem in McIntosh County. The initial scope of the project has changed and requires an amendment to be executed.

TR 17-095 Authorizing the principal chief to execute an amendment No. 2 to the memorandum of agreement between MCN and IHS for construction of individual on-site sewer systems in McIntosh County. Del Beaver sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

A memorandum of agreement was made on Feb. 17, 2012 for the purpose of obtaining satisfactory sanitary sewer facilities to benefit five existing Indian-owned homes served by the Misty Valley Lagoons located in McIntosh County. The scope of the project has changed and requires an amendment to be executed.

TR 17-096 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs oil and gas mining lease on tribal property located in Hughes County. Rep. Thomas Yahola sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

MCN received a proposed oil and gas mining lease from Calyx Energy III LLC on 80 acres of tribal property located in Hughes County.

TR 17-097 Approving the memorandum of agreement for IHS Project OK 08-Q28, approving the exchange letter amendment part II and authorizing the principal chief to execute a transfer agreement among IHS on behalf of the United States of America and the Okmulgee County Rural Water District No. 2. Randolph sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

A memorandum of agreement was made Dec. 1, 2008 regarding the provision of obtaining a satisfactory domestic water supply, adequate wastewater disposal facilities and plumbing for existing Indian owned homes in Creek, Hughes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Tulsa and Wagoner counties.

The construction is now complete and will be transferred from IHS to the Okmulgee County Rural Water District No. 2.

TR 17-098 Approving the memorandum of agreement fir IHS Project OK 08-D41, exchange letter amendment part II, exchange letter amendment part II and authorizing the principal chief to execute a transfer agreement among IHS on behalf of the United States of America, the Okmulgee County Rural Water District No. 2 and the City of Eufaula. Randolph sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0

A memorandum of agreement was made on Oct. 6, 2008 regarding the provision of satisfactory domestic water supply and adequate sewage disposable facilities for 48 new or like-new existing Indian owned homes throughout MCN jurisdiction.

The construction is now complete and will be transferred from IHS to the Okmulgee County Rural Water District No. 2 and the City of Eufaula.

TR 17-099 Approving the principal chief to execute a transfer agreement between the IHS on behalf of the U.S. and MCN. Randolph sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

A memorandum of agreement was made on or about Aug. 7, 2009 regarding the provision of obtaining a satisfactory domestic water supply and adequate wastewater disposal facilities for Native American families residing in Creek, Hughes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Tulsa and Wagoner counties.

The construction is now complete and will be transferred to the head of household for each home.

TR 17-100 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a memorandum of agreement between the IHS and MCN. Randolph sponsored the resolution, which 4-0.

MCN wants to obtain satisfactory domestic water supply and adequate sewage facilities for 46 new or like new Indian-owned homes in Creek, Hughes, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Rogers, Seminole, Tulsa and Wagoner counties.

TR 17-103 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a repatriation agreement with the National Park Service Ocmulgee National Monument for the transfer of human remains and funerary objects at the Ocmulgee National Monument to MCN. Randolph sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

The agreement would finalize a transfer of control human remains and funerary objects that were formally claimed by MCN Sept. 19, 2016.

NCA 17-125 Authorizing an appropriation of $1,054,928.00 for the construction of a farmhouse at the Dustin Ranch and Hanna Farm. Randolph sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

The funds will be used to construct of a farmhouse at the Dustin Ranch and Hanna Farm.

NCA 17-126 Amending NCA 12-207 (A law of the MCN authorizing a special appropriation to historical Muscogee Indian churches to assist with providing Christmas to Creek families). Rep. Yahola sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

Due to limited funds appropriated under NCA 12-207, it has become necessary to define “Historical Muscogee Creek Indian Churches.”

These churches are defined as being 50 years or older, provide documentation that 80 percent of the membership are Muscogee (Creek) citizens and located within the MCN jurisdiction.

NCA 17-127 Authorizing an appropriation of $200,000 to the MCN Realty Trust Services Department for fee to trust expenses. Rep. Lucian Tiger III sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

The department is requesting an appropriation for fee to trust expenses. The funds will be used for additional fee to trust expenses, which include costs for appraisals, environmental assessments and surveys.

NCA 17-128 Amending MCN Code Annotated Title 5, Chapter 2 titled, ‘Financial Assistance’ and creating new law in MCNCA Title 5, 2-107 titled, ‘Heating Expense Grant.’ Randolph sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

The changes would allow Muscogee (Creek) Traditional Churches to request assistance for heating expenses, and change the requirements for the churches to be located within the MCN jurisdiction.

It also updates the maximum amount for all church and ceremonial ground grants to $775,000, $175,000 for repairs and $50,000 for heating expenses.

NCA 17-129 Authorizing the appropriation of $25,000 to provide financial assistance to Muscogee (Creek) traditional churches for church camps. Randolph sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

The amendment appropriates funds to assist churches with attending camps and creates a process for application.

NCA 17-130 Authorizing the appropriation of $75,000 to provide financial assistance to Muscogee (Creek) traditional churches for lawnmowers. Randolph sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

The amendment appropriates funds to assist churches in purchasing lawn mowers and creates a process for application.

NCA 17-131 Authorizing a special appropriation of $4,899.99 to Apehkv Fellowship Church. Rep. James Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

The church is requesting financial assistance from the Nation with help to purchase a lawnmower.

NCA 17-132 Authorizing a special appropriation of $1,829.98 to Ryal Community Baptist Church. Randolph sponsored the amendment, which 4-0.

The church is requesting financial assistance to purchase a lawn mower and trimmer.

NCA 17-133 Authorizing a special appropriation of $4,849 to Concharty United Methodist Church. Randolph sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

The church is requesting financial assistance to help purchase a lawn mower.

NCA 17-134 Authorizing a special appropriation of $1,699 to Covenant Harvest Ministries. Randolph sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

The church is requesting financial assistance to help purchase a lawn mower.

NCA 17-135 Authorizing an amendment to MCNCA Title 28, 7-101, 7-102, 7-103, 7-104 titled, ‘Tribal Construction Engineer.’ Del Beaver sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

The legislation amends the position title from Tribal Construction engineer to director of Tribal Construction.

It also grants the individual authority to act as general contractor on behalf of the Nation and select subcontractors for projects through the Nation’s policies and procedures. Self-performed projects are limited to under $500,000.

 

All appropriations are sent to the Council Business, Finance and Justice Committee for the fund account.

All legislation passed during the session will go before the full Council July 29 for vote. Mvskoke Media will provide coverage of this session.

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