MCNDH awarded approval to expend grants passes in committee

MCNDH awarded approval to expend grants passes in committee
(MN File Photo) A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Health, Education and Welfare Committee meeting was held Oct. 8 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

Liz Gray/Reporter

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OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Health, Education and Welfare Committee meeting was held Oct. 8 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee.

All passed legislation will go before the full Council during the regular session Oct. 27.

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 18-144 Amending MCN Code Annotated Title 37 ‘Reintegration Program revolving fund account.’ Rep. Randall Hicks sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

A revolving fund account would be established for MCN RiP. The funds would be used for future fundraising hosted by the program and for the purchase of incentive items for clients.

NCA 18-145 Authorizing the expenditure of grant funds awarded from the Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to the MCN Department of Health for the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative category III. Rep. James Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

MCNDH is the recipient of a grant in the amount of $2 million over a five-year span.

Secretary of Health Shawn Terry said the goals of the grant are to identify gaps in services to youth and their families.

NCA 18-146 Authorizing the expenditure of funds awarded from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services SAMSA to MCNDH. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

Terry said the $189,804 strategic prevention framework partnership for success grant awarded to MCNDH would focus on American Indians and Alaska Natives living in the southern region of the Nation.

NCA 18-147 Authorizing the expenditure of funds awarded from U.S. HHS, Indian Health Service to MCNDH. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

The $175,000 awarded in grant fund, would be used for the Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative Suicide Prevention Project Grant.

NCA 18-148 Authorizing the expenditure of funds awarded from the U.S. HHS, IHS to MCNDH. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

The $500,000 in grant funds would be used to fully integrate MCNDH primary care and behavioral health.

NCA 18-149 Authorizing a $5,000 donation to Wetumka Public Schools. Rep. Rufus Scott sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to the Business, Finance and Justice Committee for the funding source.

Wetumka Public Schools requested a $5,000 donation to install a new heating and air system in their gymnasium.

NCA 18-150 Authorizing a $2,000 special appropriation to a Muscogee (Creek) citizen. Rufus Scott sponsored the amendment, which failed 1-2 with Reps. Joyce Deere and Jennings voting against it. Hicks abstained.

A Muscogee (Creek) citizen requested $2,000 in financial assistance for legal fees regarding custody of her two children.

NCA 18-151 Authorizing a $5,000 donation to Weleetka Public Schools. Hicks sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for the funding source.

Weleetka Public Schools requested a $5,000 donation to assist in purchasing HVAC to complete its athletic facility.

NCA 18-152 Authorizing a $5,000 donation to Depew Public Schools. Reps. David Hill and Lucian Tiger sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for funding source.

Depew Public Schools requested $5,000 to assist in upgrading the elementary school library with the purchase of new quality books.

NCA 18-154 Authorizing a $5,000 donation to Wagoner Public Schools. Rep. Johnnie Greene sponsored the amendment, which passed and will be forwarded to BFJ for funding source.

Wagoner Public Schools requested a $5,000 to assist their high school wrestling program.

At the end of the meeting, MCNDH Secretary Shawn Terry presented a health systems update and MCNDH Chief Financial Officer Brenda Crawford presented a health systems financial update.

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