Amendments regarding campaign literature made during HEW
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Health, Education and Welfare Committee meeting was held Jan. 14 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee.
All passed legislation will go before the full Council during the quarterly session Jan. 26.
HEW addressed the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributed to language in the bills:
TR 19-001 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a legal services agreement between the MCN Election Board and Roger Wiley Law Firm, PLLC. Rep. James Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.
The MCN Election Board is seeking to renew a legal services agreement with Roger Wiley Law Firm and required approval by the National Council before outside counsel may be obtained.
TR 19-002 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a certain Medical Consultants Network Inc. D/B/A MCN healthcare edept training solutions agreement on behalf of the MCN Department of Health-facilities management. Rep. Joyce Deere sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.
MCNDH desired to enter into a MCN healthcare edept training solutions agreement for online medical education courses with Medical Consultants Network Inc.
TR 19-003 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a child care system participant agreement with the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma in order for MCN to receive reimbursements for childcare services. Rep. Randall Hicks sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.
MCN Child Care Center has a client eligible to receive assistance for day care costs from the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma, which would provide direct reimbursement to the Nation for childcare services provided to the client.
Council approval is necessary due to the government-to-government negotiation.
TR 19-004 Approving a collaboration agreement between MCNDH and Crisis Text Line Inc. to provide support to individuals in crisis. Rep. Randall Hicks sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.
MCNDH wishes to provide trained crisis counselors to support individuals in crisis.
Crisis Text Line Inc. manages and operates a free 24/7-text line, which provides trained counselors to individuals in crisis.
NCA 19-001 Authorizing a $5,000 donation to Berryhill Public Schools. Rep. Lucian Tiger sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to the Business, Finance and Justice Committee for funding source.
BPS requested a $5,000 donation to support cultural activities, the creation of a UNITY affiliated Native Youth Council and the purchase of software.
NCA 19-002 Authorizing a $5,000 donation to Mounds Public Schools. Reps. David Hill and Patrick Freeman sponsored the amendment, which was postponed until next month.
MPS requested a $5,000 donation for its elementary school playground project.
NCA 19-003 Authorizing a $5,000 donation to Wilson Public Schools. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for funding source.
WPS requested a $5,000 donation to assist in renovating a building for its daycare program.
NCA 19-004 Authorizing a $5,000 donation to Hanna Public Schools. Reps. Darrell Proctor and Tiger sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for funding source.
Hanna Schools requested a $5,000 to purchase chrome books for their students.
NCA 19-005 Authorizing a $5,000 donation to Holdenville Public Schools. Rep. Rufus Scott sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for funding source.
Holdenville Schools requested a $5,000 donation to purchase new physical education equipment for Ethel Reed Elementary and Thomas Intermediate Elementary Schools.
NCA 19-006 Authorizing an $113,000 supplemental appropriation to the post-graduate education and scholarship revolving fund. Hicks sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for funding source.
MCN Secretary of the Department of Education, Employment and Training requested an $113,000 supplemental appropriation to the Post-Graduate Education and Scholarship revolving fund.
NCA 19-007 Amending MCN Code Annotated Title 19 entitled ‘Cancellation of registration’ and ‘Anonymous campaign literature.’ Jennings sponsored the amendment, which was passed 4-0.
MCNCA Title 19 under ‘cancellation of registration,’ was amended to include the following reasons as to why a voter’s registration would be canceled.
‘The registration of any registered voter may be canceled only for one of the following reasons: written notice of cancellation from the voter, death or enrollment as a citizen of another Tribe.’
The amendment also included a list of deceased persons shall be maintained and their registration information kept separately on a master list of cancelled voter registrations.
The master list of cancelled voter registrations will be filed and stored electronically within the Election Board office.
The master list of cancelled voter registrations will include the following information:
Name of the voter whose registration has been cancelled
The voter’s last known address.
The voter’s MCN enrollment number
Reason for removal or cancellation of the voter registration
Name, address and telephone number of the person or department providing the information, which serves as the basis of the voter registration cancellation
Any and all other information the Election Board may deem necessary and appropriate in order to determine the accuracy of the basis for voter’s registration cancellation
Amendments under Title 19 ‘anonymous campaign literature,’ introduced language to include social media.
‘No person or organization shall write, print, post, publish, disseminate, distribute, or cause to be written, printed, posted, published, disseminated or distributed any circular, poster, announcement, press release, webpage, social media website or advertisement which is designed to endorse, support, influence, injure or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate or to influence voters in an election on any constitutional or statutory amendment, or any other issue in a Tribal election,’ unless the name and address of the person who is the author is in a conspicuous place.
Any candidate promoting or campaigning through social media will be required to register or create a separate account with any social media outlet used during the campaign.
The accounts are to be registered in the name of the candidacy or campaign, not the name of the individual candidate.
Any postings or release of any campaign information from the candidate’s social media page shall clearly identify the candidate for elective office and the sponsoring campaign as the person responsible for the posting.
Candidates would not be allowed to promote their candidacy unless a separate account is created.
Any campaign material must clearly identify the person, sponsors, group or organization responsible for any information being distributed. False or misleading campaign endorsements are prohibited.
The fine for violating this section of MCN Code will be no less than $100 and no more than $1,000.
NCA 19-008 Appropriating funds in the amount of $213,255 to purchase passenger vans for MCN chartered communities. Rufus Scott sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for funding source.
MCN Fleet department will secure purchases of 15-passenger vans to be used by the following communities who have requested the purchase of new vehicles:
Tulsa Creek Indian Community
Okmulgee Indian Community
Yardeka Indian Community
Cromwell Indian Community
Koweta Indian Community
Dewar Indian Community
Checotah Indian Community
NCA 19-010 Authorizing a $5,000 donation to Wewoka Public Schools. Rep. Thomasene Yahola Osborn sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for funding source.
Wewoka Schools requested a $5,000 donation to purchase new uniforms and girdles for the football team.