MCN Tribal Burial Assistance Program revamp passed

MCN Tribal Burial Assistance Program revamp passed
(MN File Photo) A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Health, Education and Welfare Committee meeting was held June 11 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

*Editor’s note: NCA 18-072 originally failed to reflect a substitute adopted during the meeting that changed the eligibility amount proposed from $6,000 to $3,000. Mvskoke Media regrets this error. 

Liz Gray/Reporter

Donation to jump rope organization approved through committee

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Health, Education and Welfare Committee meeting was held June 11 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee.

All passed legislation will go before the full Council during the regular session June 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:

TR 18-070 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a dollars on net service agreement with Shift4 Corporation for credit, debit, private label, check and gift card transactions for the College of the Muscogee Nation bookstore. Rep. James Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 3-0.

Shift4 updated its service agreement and requires MCN to accept continuation of services.

TR 18-071 Authorizing the principal chief to accept and execute a McKesson EnterpriseRx pharmacy management software agreement for the benefit of the MCN Department of Health. Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 3-0.

MCNDH wishes to engage EnterpriseRx Pharmacy Management Software offered by the software division of McKesson.

The McKesson software is highly compatible with MCNDH’s pharmacy refill center automation and would better meet the needs of the Muscogee (Creek) citizens and would allow MCNDH to participate in innovative opportunities to generate new revenue.

NCA 18-072 Repealing MCN Code Annotated Title 35, Chapter 13 and creating a new MCNCA Title 35, Chapter 13 titled ‘Tribal Burial Assistance and Food for Funeral Assistance Program.’ Rep. Rufus Scott sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-0.

The purpose of the Tribal Burial Assistance Program is to alleviate some of the financial burdens of burial services for Muscogee (Creek) citizens.

A substitute was adopted changing the eligibility in the bill from $6,000 in assistance for funeral costs to $3,000.

The purpose of the section ‘Food for Funeral’ is to provide the family of the deceased with $300 to be used towards food for wake service and other related dinners associated with a funeral.

The provisions of the law would go into effect Oct. 1.

NCA 18-073 Authorizing a $400,000 supplemental appropriation of funds to the MCN Social Services Department tribal burial and food for funeral program FY 2018 budget. Rufus Scott sponsored the amendment, which was postponed indefinitely 3-0.

The Tribal Burial Assistance and Food for Funeral Program is needs additional funds to provide tribal burial and supplemental payments in lieu of the Bureau of India Affairs burial payment.

The funds would be used to supplement the Client Services line item.

NCA 18-085 Authorizing a budget modification to transfer funds from the MCNDH Okemah dental clinic to the MCNDH Sapulpa dental clinic. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-0.

MCNDH is requesting a budget modification to transfer $245,798 from the Okemah Dental Clinic to the Sapulpa Dental Clinic to assist with patient overload at the Sapulpa clinic.

NCA 18-086 Authorizing a $25,000 appropriation for membership fees of the National Indian Education Association. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-0 and will be sent to the Business, Justice and Finance committee for funding source.

The NIEA focuses on assisting tribes and communities to control and choose excellent education for Native students by promoting culturally based education, allowing Native students to preserve languages and traditions of their tribes and nations and expanding equal education opportunity for every Native student, regardless of where they live.

The Nation supports NIEA’s efforts and would like to commit to an NIEA Platinum Membership fee in the amount of $25,000.

NCA 18-087 Authorizing a $1,000 donation to the Oklahoma Scissor-tails Jump Rope Organization. Rep. Del Beaver sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-0 and will be sent to BFJ committee for funding source.

The Oklahoma Scissor-tails Jump Rope Organization consists of students from Okmulgee County.

The team has been invited to compete in the World Jump Rope Federation Championship July 1-7 in Orlando, Florida.

The team consists of 12 students, two of which are Muscogee (Creek) citizens.

NCA 18-088 Authorizing a donation to the American Legion Post 1. Reps. Lucian Tiger and James Jennings sponsored the amendment, which failed for lack of a second.

The post is located in Tulsa with a primary function of providing assistance to veterans. The post is requesting donations to assist in the services they provide to veterans.

NCA 18-089 Authorizing a $250 appropriation to a Muscogee (Creek) citizen. Lucian Tiger and James Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-0 and will be sent to BFJ committee for funding source.

Samuel Chisholm is a resident of Taos, New Mexico and would like to participate in the 2018 New Mexico Senior Olympics Games July 18-22 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Chisholm’s total expenses are $580, and are requesting financial assistance from the Nation in the amount of $250.

NCA 18-090 Authorizing a budget modification in excess of 10 percent for the MCN Department of Education and Training State/Tribal Education Partnership program FY 2018 budget. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-0.

STEP is requesting modification to reallocate funds to the background checks, memberships/fees and supplies line items.

This would allow the program to cover background checks for the two education specialists so they may work full-time within partnering schools. Funds will also purchase cultural publications and resources as outlined in the grant.

NCA 18-099 Authorizing a $10,369.34 donation to construct a veterans memorial monument in Paden, Oklahoma. Rep. Travis Scott sponsored the amendment, which failed for lack of a second.

A group of Paden citizens are requesting a donation to assist in constructing a veterans memorial monument. The town has approximately 450 names of veterans with approximately 45 of those being Muscogee (Creek) citizens.

The total cost of construction is $20,773. Paden citizens have raised $10,403.66 and are requesting assistance from the Nation for the remaining $10,369.34.

MCNDH COO Rhonda Beaver presented a health systems update and MCNDH CFO Brenda Crawford presented a health systems financial update.

Rep. Joyce Deere was absent.

 

 

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  • Alex Buka
    June 14, 2018, 10:33 am

    Donation for rope jumping, the good thing but gave them this idea?

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