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Donations totaling $12,000 authorized to area schools during HEW

Donations totaling $12,000 authorized to area schools during HEW

Liz Gray/Reporter

Budget authorized for MCN royalty position

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Health, Education and Welfare Committee meeting was held Oct. 9 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee.

All passed legislation will go before the full Council during the regular session Oct. 28.

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

TR 17-135 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a telemedicine provider credentialing and privileging agreement between MCN Department of Health and Phoenix Indian medical center, Indian Health Service-JVN teleophthalmology program for the purpose of providing clinical services. Rep. James Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

MCNDH seeks to engage Phoenix Indian Medical Center, IHS-JVN teleophthalmology program to provide certain clinical services from a distant-site location via electronic communication to patients physically located at the Okmulgee Indian Health Center.

According to the IHS website, the teleophthalmology program uses telemedicine technology to provide annual diabetic eye exams.

This technology obtains retinal images of patients with diabetes in the primary care clinic where they receive care and the images are immediately sent to a reading center.

TR 17-136 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a memorandum of agreement between MCN DH and IHS teleophthalmology services for the purpose of providing the deployment of a diabetic imaging acquisition station to the MCN DH with telemedicine services provided by the IHS teleophthamology program. Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

IHS will provide to the MCNDH an imaging station and training on its use and utilize IHS staff to interpret the retinal images for teleophthalomology services.

See previous legislation for the description of teleophthalomology services.

NCA 17-164 Amending MCN Code Annotated titled, ‘Special Academic/Extra-Curricular Program.’ Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

The Special Academic/Extra-Curricular program allow one-time funding for Muscogee (Creek) citizens who are not eligible for any other tribal academic services under the MCN Department of Education, Employment and Training. The program has received supplemental appropriations to fund the program and now will receive an increased amount of $150,000 in the comprehensive annual budget.

MCN Controller Linda Roe said due to the timing, the $25,000 that was to be added was not included in the fiscal year 2018 comprehensive annual budget.

Passing the legislation would execute an agreement to do a net appropriation for the extra funds being requested by the department.

The addition of the $25,000 will also be included for FY 2019 CAB.

NCA 17-166 Amending MCNCA titled, ‘Mvskoke (Creek) Nation Pageant and Royalty.’ Jennings sponsored the amendment, which was passed 4-0.

Roe said similar to NCA 17-164, funds were not included in the FY 18 CAB. NCA 17-166 would appropriate funds for FY 2018 and future years.

The Mvskoke (Creek) Nation Pageant and Royalty would be under the Office of Public Relations with a full-time royalty coordinator who will report directly to the PR manager with recommendations submitted by the Pageant Committee officers.

Funds will be administered in accordance with a budget prepared by the Royalty Coordinator with the advice and consent of the Pageant Committee officers.

NCA 17-180 Authorizing a $2,000 donation to Wagoner Public Schools. Rep. Johnnie Greene sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to the Business, Finance and Justice committee for funding source.

WPS requested a donation to assist its high school wrestling program in purchasing a wrestling mat.

NCA 17-181 Authorizing a $2,000 donation to Ryal Public Schools. Rep. Dode Barnett sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to the BFJ committee for funding source.

RPS requested a donation to assist in purchasing an online reading and math program and headphones.

NCA 17-182 Authorizing a $2,000 donation to Oklahoma City Public Schools Native American Student Services Department. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to the BFJ committee for funding source.

NASS requested a donation to help sponsor the continuation for Resonative Youth Cultural Programs 2017-2018 school year.

NCA 17-183 Authorizing a $4,840 donation to the Bristow Fire Department. Rep. David Hill sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to the BFJ committee for funding source.

The fire department requested financial assistance to purchase protective gear for eight of their volunteer firefighters.

NCA 17-184 Authorizing a $2,000 donation to Haskell Public Schools. Rep. Robert Hufft and Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to the BFJ committee for funding source.

HPS requested financial assistance to help host their 3rd annual J.T. Dixon Memorial basketball tournament.

NCA 17-185 Authorizing a $2,000 donation to Mason Public Schools. Rep. Del Beaver sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to the BFJ committee for funding source.

MPS requested a donation to purchase Study Island, a web-based program designed as a supplemental educational tool geared specifically to each individual state’s standardized assessments.

NCA 17-186 Authorizing a $2,000 donation to Weleetka Public Schools. Rep. Randall Hicks sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to the BFJ committee for funding source.

Weleetka requested financial assistance for the purchase of a dock for the Agricultural Education Department.

The dock will be installed at the Weleetka City Lake and will be used for the program ‘Fishing in the Schools,’ which is part of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Outdoor Education Programs.

NCA 17-187 Authorizing the expenditure of funds in the amount of $150,000 from the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Education Department grant to MCN Department of Education, Employment and Training. Greene sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

The amendment will allow the department to support language revitalization initiatives, update the Tribal Education Code and build capacity within the department as a means to better serve citizens.

NCA 17-188 Authorizing the expenditure of funds in the amount of $122,611 from the district attorney’s council through the Victims of Crime Act for MCNDH continuation of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner services program (SANE). Barnett sponsored the amendment, which was passed 4-0.

Grant funds will be used for the purpose of continuing to develop the SANE services at the MCN Medical Center in Okmulgee and the MCN Community Hospital in Okemah.

NCA 17-189 Amending MCNCA titled, ‘Election Board Duties.’ Barnett sponsored the amendment, which was passed 4-0.

The amendment would modify MCNCA Title 19 to eliminate redundancies found under ‘Election Board Duties’ regarding legal counsel.

NCA 17-198 Authorizing a $2,500 donation to God’s Helping Hands. Rep. Adam Jones III and James Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to the BFJ committee for funding source.

God’s Helping Hands is a charitable organization that assists McIntosh County residents with food, clothing, transportation and emergency funds.

God’s Helping Hands requested a donation to help with expenses for the God’s Helping Hands 5K, which will be held Nov. 11.

MCN Secretary of Health Shawn Terry presented to the committee a health systems update and Roe presented a health systems finance update.

Rep. Pete Beaver suggested to Speaker Lucian Tiger that Terry and Roe give their presentations to full council.

 

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