Amendments made to election procedures

Amendments made to election procedures
(MN File Photo) A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Health, Education and Welfare Committee meeting was held Dec. 3 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

Liz Gray/Reporter

Approval of precinct sites postponed indefinitely

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Health, Education and Welfare Committee meeting was held Dec. 3 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee.

All passed legislation will go before the full Council during the regular session Dec. 15.

Audio of the session is available at: www.mcnnc.com.

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

TR 18-123 Approving the precinct sites for the 2019 elections. Rep. James Jennings sponsored the resolution, which was postponed indefinitely.

The legislation was returned to committee from full council Nov. 17.

MCN Code Annotated Title 19 imposes a duty upon the Election Board to establish boundaries for voting precincts in all voting districts within the MCN jurisdiction.

MCN Election Board has submitted a resolution with precinct sites to be utilized in the 2019 elections.

The nine precincts listed are the following:

Okmulgee Indian Community Center

Tulsa Indian Community Center

Okemah Indian Community Center

Dewar Indian Community Center

Eufaula Indian Community Center

Koweta Indian Community Center

Muskogee Indian Community Center

Kellyville Indian Community Center

Wetumka Indian Community Center

TR 18-128 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a group booking agreement with the Choctaw Nation for the 2019 Oklahoma Johnson O’Malley Conference. Rep. Randall Hicks sponsored the resolution, which passed 3-0.

MCN desired to be a participant in the 2019 Oklahoma Johnson O’Malley Conference.

The conference will be held at the Choctaw Casino Resort. Therefore, Council must approve a group booking agreement with Choctaw Nation.

TR 18-129 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a service quotation and terms and conditions with GE Healthcare related to the operation of health facilities. Hicks sponsored the resolution, which passed 3-0.

MCN Department of Health determined to engage GE Healthcare to provide certain goods and services related to the provision of anesthesia.

TR 18-130 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a contract agreement between the MCN and Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc. for the purpose of providing legal services for the MCN Reintegration program clients. Hicks sponsored the resolution, which passed 3-0.

RiP is seeking to continue legal services for clients through the Justice, Alcohol and Substance Abuse grant.

NCA 18-128 requires Council approval before outside counsel for MCN may be obtained.

TR 18-131 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a Medicare enrollment application with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Hicks sponsored the resolution, 3-0.

MCNDH Pharmacy desires to be a supplier of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies such as, but not limited to, diabetic test strips.

MCNDH did not have a written contract providing for those pharmacy related Medicare services with CMS and requested to enter into a Medicare Enrollment Agreement.

NCA 18-185 Authorizing a $5,000 donation to Broken Arrow Public Schools. Rep. Robert Hufft sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-0 and will be forwarded to the Business, Justice and Finance Committee for funding source.

BAPS requested assistance to create an active Native American Student Association.

NCA 18-186 Authorizing a $5,000 donation to Okemah Public Schools. Rep. Travis Scott sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for funding source.

OPS requested donation to assist with improving the lighting in its gymnasium on the middle school campus and purchasing chairs for the PK classes, science equipment for the high school science labs and books for all three of its libraries.

NCA 18-187 Authorizing a $5,000 donation to Dewar Public Schools. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for funding source.

DPS requested donation to assist with the purchasing of chrome books for its fifth- to 12th-grade students.

NCA 18-188 Amending MCN Code Annotated Title 19 entitled, ‘Time for conducting new registration transactions,’ ‘Monolingual voters; procedure,’ ‘Watchers; appointment and duties’ and ‘Request for absentee ballot.’ Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-0.

The amendment made to ‘Time for conducting new registration transaction,’ had ‘in the event an election is scheduled in only a portion of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, registration will close ten days prior to such election only in the portion of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation which is affected.’

According to Election Board manager Nelson Harjo Jr., the strike out is due to at-large voting, making the language irrelevant.

Under ‘Monolingual voters; procedure,’ a language translator shall be made available instead of the Election Committee precinct judge.

The amendment made to ‘Watchers; appointment and duties,’ states that a commission for a watcher must be filed with the Election Board manager no later than 5:00 p.m. the Friday preceding the first day of early in-person voting.

The ‘Request for absentee ballot,’ amendment states all absentee ballot requests must be in writing by the registered voter and received by the office of the Election Board by the close of business, at least 24 hours prior to any scheduled election.

NCA 18-189 Authorizing a $5,000 donation to Beggs Public Schools. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for funding source.

BPS Indian Education Program requested assistance to send their middle school and high school Native Studies/Challenge Bowl team students on a Native Studies trip.

The trip would take place March 21-25 in Albuquerque to give them an opportunity to learn about and be exposed to Native cultures outside of Oklahoma.

NCA 18-190 Authorizing a $5,000 donation to Checotah Public Schools. Rep. Darrell Proctor sponsored the amendment, which was postponed prior to Planning Session Dec. 11.

CPS requested financial assistance for the purchase of an interactive board and four classroom headphone sets for its intermediate school.

NCA 18-194 Authorizing a $5,000 donation to Paden Public Schools. Hicks sponsored the amendment, which was postponed indefinitely.

PPS requested financial assistance for expenses with hosting the Paden Invitational Basketball Tournament in the amount of $2,000 and for the purchasing of new cafeteria equipment in the amount of $3,000.

NCA 18-195 Authorizing a $4,725 donation to Midway Public Schools. Hicks sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for funding source.

MPS requested donation for the purchase of 25 helmets for the varsity football team in the amount of $4,725.

At the end of the meeting, MCNDH Secretary Shawn Terry presented a health systems update.

Rep. Joyce Deere was absent.

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