Appropriation to purchase chartered community vehicles forwarded to BFJ
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Health, Education and Welfare Committee meeting was held March 11 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee.
All passed legislation will go before full Council during the regular session March 30.
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:
NCA 19-029 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a school rental request with Henryetta Public Schools. Rep. James Jennings sponsored the amendment, which was postponed prior to Planning Session.
MCN Tribal Child and Youth Coalition is seeking to use Henryetta High School facilities and other necessary areas in order to hold the Nation’s 2019 Spring Celebration in March.
The Nation must execute a ‘request for use of school property’ in order to seek permission to use the school’s facilities.
Spring Celebration has been rescheduled to May 29th.
NCA 19-030 Authorizing the MCN Department of Community and Human Services to participate in a nationwide elder needs assessment in order to apply for a Title VI grant to fund the Nation’s Elderly Nutrition Program. Rep. Johnnie Greene sponsored the amendment, which passed 2-0.
MCN currently provides services to qualified citizens through ENP.
Funding is received from an Administration on Aging grant. The application for the grant requires the Nation to submit a tribal resolution authorizing the CHS to participate in the ‘Identifying Our Need: A survey of Elders’ Native elder social and health needs assessment in order to apply for the grant.
NCA 19-031 Confirming the nomination of Walter Pigeon to serve on the MCN Election Board. Jennings and Rep. Lucian Tiger sponsored the amendment, which was passed 2-0.
MCN laws require an appointment to the MCNEB by the principal chief with confirmation by the National Council.
Walter Pigeon was nominated to serve on MCNEB with the term to begin June 1 and end May 31, 2024. Pigeon will interview during Planning Session on March 26.
NCA 19-032 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a service solution agreement with Johnson Controls. Rep. Randall Hicks sponsored the amendment, which passed 2-0.
The Eufaula Dormitory is seeking to inspect and maintain the building’s sprinkler system and emergency exit lights. Also provided is 24-hour monitoring of the fire alarm system required by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
JC is capable of providing the necessary services for the dormitory and has provided such in the past.
NCA 19-033 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a contract between MCN and Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education for the purpose of training Reintegration Program participants. Greene sponsored the amendment, which passed 2-0.
RiP is seeking to develop a partnership with Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology and Education in order to provide educational services of career and technology education programs for the program, beginning with a welding class.
The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education agency has a CareerTech program that can provide different training areas and educational services as requested.
MCN and CT would coordinate their resources, skills and expertise in order to provide the training to eligible RiP participants.
NCA 19-034 Amending MCN Code Annotated Title 19 Chapter 12, ‘Anonymous campaign literature.’ Jennings sponsored the amendment, which was postponed until Planning Session.
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 19-035 Appropriating funds in the amount of $7,329.91 to the Mvskoke Nation Youth Services for a financial literacy mobile lab. Hicks sponsored the amendment, which passed 2-0 and will be forwarded to the Business, Finance and Justice Committee for funding source.
MNYS requested a $7,329.91 appropriation for a financial literacy mobile lab.
The funds will be used for items for the mobile lab, which will create additional opportunities for MNYS to support the ETA Summer Youth Program in addition to the previously established life skills classes.
NCA 19-036 Amending NCA 18-107 ‘A law of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation authorizing a special appropriation for the purchase of a SUV and eight 15-passenger vans for chartered communities of Muscogee (Creek) Nation.’ Reps. David Hill and Tiger sponsored the amendment, which passed 2-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for funding source.
NCA 18-107 authorized a special $262,131 appropriation for the purchase of eight new 15-passenger vans for Glenpool Creek Indian Community, Muskogee Indian Community, Okemah Indian Community, Kellyville Indian Community, Sapulpa Creek Indian Community, Twin Hills Indian Community, Wilson Indian Community and Wetumka Indian Community.
There is a need to amend the legislation to request additional funds in order to install the automatic running boards on the vans.
MCN Fleet Department will secure purchase and installation of the power running boards on the new passenger vans to ensure they are installed correctly.
The total cost is $13,600 to purchase and install the boards on the eight vans for the above-mentioned communities.
NCA 19-037 Amending MCNCA Title 22 Chapter 6 entitled, ‘Vision Assistance Program.’ Jennings and Tiger sponsored the amendment, which was passed 2-0.
The Vision Assistance Program would authorize MCN Department of Health to negotiate and enter into contracts with local optometrists to obtain reduced prices for optical services, eyeglasses and contact lenses.
NCA 19-038 Appropriating funds in the amount of $31,000 for the 9th annual Spirit of Oklahoma football Camp. Reps. Hicks, Hill, Adam Jones, Darrell Proctor and Travis Scott sponsored the amendment, which passed 2-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for funding source.
The Spirit of Oklahoma Football Camp has been held at various locations within the Nation’s jurisdiction for the past eight years.
This year’s camp will be at three different locations: Bristow, Eufaula and Okemah.
Jennings and Deere were absent.