Funds to purchase vans reviewed during HEW

Funds to purchase vans reviewed during HEW
(MN File Photo) A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Health, Education and Welfare Committee meeting was held April 9 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

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Appropriation considered to fund football camp

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

All passed legislation will go before the full Council during the quarterly session April 28.

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 18-042 Authorizing the principal chief to accept and execute a certain master equipment lease agreement with Key Government Finance Inc. to fund the lease of a GE Healthcare Goldseal Infinia II Nuclear Machine for the benefit of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health for the MCN Community Hospital. Rep. Randall Hicks sponsored the resolution. Rep. James Jennings motioned to postpone the resolution until next month, which passed 3-0.

MCNDH wishes to engage GE Healthcare to provide certain goods and services related to the provision of performing nuclear body scans with the GE Healthcare GoldSeal Infinia II.

MCNDH desires the principal chief to execute a lease agreement with Key Government Finance to fund the lease of the nuclear machine.

TR 18-043 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a training services agreement with DNV GL Healthcare USA Inc. for the purpose of an internal audits for healthcare course for MCNDH. Hicks sponsored the resolution, which passed 3-0.

MCNDH is seeking training through DNV GL Healthcare USA Inc.

TR 18-044 Confirming the nomination of Lea Ann Nix to serve on the MCN Citizenship Board. Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

Nix will be present during the pre-agenda session April 28 for questions, and will go before the full Council for confirmation during the quarterly session.

The term will begin upon confirmation and will expire June 1, 2023.

TR 18-045 Supporting the immediate passage of Oklahoma House Bill 3076. Rep. Rufus Scott sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

HB 3076 would add two individuals, at least one of whom shall be an American Indian survivor of domestic violence, to the Oklahoma Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board.

TR 18-046 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a memorandum of agreement between MCN and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services for access to the DHS system. Hicks sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

MCN Department of Housing is seeking to work with Oklahoma State Department of Human Services in order to access pertinent information about applicant households to determine eligibility for contractor-administrated programs.

The resolution authorizes principal chief to execute a memorandum of understanding between OKDHS and MCN for access to DHS system for eligibility information.

TR 18-047 Confirming the nomination of Nolen Robinson Jr. to serve on the MCN Election Board. Rep. Johnnie Greene and Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

Robinson will be present during the pre-agenda session April 28 for interview, and will go before the full Council for confirmation of position two of the MCN Election Board during the quarterly session.

The term will begin June 1 and will expire May 31, 2023.

TR 18-048 Authorizing the principal chief to execute an updated compact of self-governance and a multiyear funding agreement between MCN and DHS on behalf of the United States. Rep. Joyce Deere sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

MCN and DHS have negotiated an updated compact and multiyear funding agreement.

The purpose of the compact is to allow MCN to redesign programs, services, functions and activities to reallocate funds according to its tribal priorities.

The purpose of the multiyear funding agreement is to set forth the programs, services, functions and activities and their associated resources to be transferred to MCN for the funding period of Oct. 1, 2017 through Sep. 30, 2020.

The multiyear funding agreement would also identify any terms and conditions for implementation of the agreement and compact.

NCA 18-037 Appropriating $215,110 to purchase passenger vans for MCN chartered communities. Hicks sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to the Business, Finance and Justice Committee for the funding source.

Hanna, Eufaula, Morris, Oklahoma City and Okfuskee Creek Indian Communities requested a new van for use by each respective community.

Bristow requested two new vans for use by their community.

The amount would cover the cost of seven passenger vans.

The MCN Fleet Department would secure purchase of the passenger vans for the communities.

Jennings motioned to create an amendment for Bristow to receive one van and the Weleetka Creek Indian Community would receive a van, which passed 4-0.

Hicks motioned to create an amendment that would require the communities to use Fleet for maintenance of the vans, which passed 4-0.

NCA 18-038 Authorizing the expenditure of $100,751 awarded from the U.S. Department of Justice through the Victims of Crime grant to MCN Children and Family Services Administration for child protective services. Hicks sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

CFSA was awarded the Victims of Crimes grant from the DOJ under the fiscal year 2018 non-competitive discretionary grant program for the coordinated tribal assistance solicitation purpose area 6.

The grant awarded provides support to CFSA for ongoing child protection services.

NCA 18-039 Authorizing a $5,000 donation to the National Indian Council on Aging. Rufus Scott sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ committee for funding source.

NICOA requested funds to support their ability to advocate for improved services and support for elders.

NICOA is a not-for-profit 501 charitable organization founded to provide advocacy for improved comprehensive health, social services and economic wellbeing of American Indian and Alaska Native elders.

NCA 18-040 Authorizing a $5,413.80 donation to Bearden School. Reps. Travis Scott, David Hill and Hicks sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for the funding source.

The school is requesting financial assistance to purchase a security camera system and are eligible for a $2,000 donation, therefore a waiver is required to appropriate the requested amount.

NCA 18-041 Amending MCN Code Annotated Title 6, Chapter 1 titled, ‘Children.’ Rufus Scott sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

The changes to the Code would include Title 6, Section 1-507 regarding reporting procedures and Section 1-514 regarding action upon receipt of report.

NCA 18-042 Authorizing a budget modification in excess of 10 percent for the Native Youth Community Project under the MCN Department of Education and Training. Rufus Scott sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

NYCP seeks to make a budget modification in order to better support programming focused on cultural heritage, artistic expression and academic success.

NYCP works collaboratively with local school districts to provide empowerment, academic and leadership programming.

NCA 18-043 Appropriating $30,000 for the eighth annual Spirit of Oklahoma Football Camp. Reps. Del Beaver, Darrell Proctor, Hill and Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for the funding source.

Spirit of Oklahoma Football Camp is requesting financial assistance to hold three camps.

MCN Tourism and Recreation will be held accountable for the appropriation.

Spirit of Oklahoma will hold camps in Bristow, Eufaula and Morris.

NCA 18-044 Authorizing a $5,000 donation to the Eastern Oklahoma Jump Rope Club. Rufus Scott sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for the funding source.

Eastern Oklahoma Jump Rope Club is requesting the donation for expenses involved with attending the World Jump Rope Federation Championship.

Jennings motioned for an amendment for the use of the MCN seal, name and flag to be used by EOJRC, which passed 4-0.

NCA 18-045 Authorizing a $3,000 donation to the Hanna Rural Fire Association. Reps. Lucian Tiger and Proctor sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for the funding source.

HRFA is requesting a donation to help with the expenses of hosting a Fourth of July celebration.

NCA 18-046 Authorizing a $977.39 special appropriation to a Muscogee (Creek) citizen. Rufus Scott sponsored and made a motion to postpone the amendment until next month, which passed 4-0.

Nancy Randall is requesting financial assistance to purchase a split heating and air conditioning unit to be placed into her son, Oske Lowe’s bedroom.

Lowe suffered from a traumatic brain injury Sept. 1, 2016 and is currently immobile. A window unit is being used in Lowe’s room, however his room needs to be safe from insects, weather and anything else that can cause illness.

NCA 18-047 Authorizing a $10,000 donation to the American Diabetes Association. Reps. Pete Beaver, Del Beaver, Greene, Jennings, Hicks, Tiger and Deere sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for the funding source.

ADA is requesting a donation to sponsor the Tour de Cure cycling event that will raise funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy.

The event will be held June 2 in Tulsa.

NCA 18-048 Authorizing a $5,000 donation to Okemah Summer Kids Café. Travis Scott, Jennings, Tiger and Hicks sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for the funding source.

Okemah Summer Kids Café is a free two-month summer feeding and activities program open to all children ages one to 18.

The program is overseen by the Okemah Community Improvement Association.

MCNDH also presented a health systems update to the committee.

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