Election Board stipend increase passed through committee
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Health, Education and Welfare Committee meeting was held April 8 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee.
All passed legislation will go before the full Council during the quarterly session April 27.
HEW addressed the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributed to language in the bills:
TR 19-046 Authorizing the principal chief to apply for the 2019 Title IV-E Plan Development grant. Rep. Joyce Deere sponsored the resolution, which passed 3-0.
Public law 110-351, Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions, amended parts B and E of the Title IV of the Social Security Act to connect and support relative caregivers, improve outcomes for children in foster care, provide for tribal foster care and adoption access and improve incentives for adoption.
Fiscal Year 2019 Standing Announcement for tribal Title IV-E Plan Development grant required a tribal resolution to support the application and future match requirements.
The Nation intends to apply no earlier than FY 2022 for the grant.
TR 19-047 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a memorandum of agreement between the Nation and Indian Health Services for the employment of Lacey K. Blankenship as commissioned personnel for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health. Rep. James Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 3-0.
MCNDH desired to enter into a memorandum of agreement with IHS, which allows the Nation to employ Lacey K. Blankenship as commissioned personnel.
IHS would assist MCNDH deliver health programs to the community by providing a U.S. Public Health Services Commissioned Corps officer to MCNDH.
The memorandum of agreement is a negotiation between the Nation and the federal government and contains applications of federal law, which required National Council approval.
TR 19-048 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a memorandum of agreement between the Nation and the IHS for the employment of Sidney B. Daniel as commissioned personnel for MCNDH. Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 3-0.
MCNDH desired to enter into a memorandum of agreement with IHS allowing the Nation to employ Sidney B. Daniel as commissioned personnel.
IHS would assist MCNDH deliver health programs to the community by providing a U.S. PHSCC officer to MCNDH.
TR 19-049 Authorizing the principal chief to execute an Okmulgee Community Center agreement with the city of Okmulgee. Rep. Randall Hicks sponsored the resolution, which passed 3-0.
MCN Family Violence Prevention Program seeks to rent the Okmulgee Community Center to hold various workshops and events for program participants.
NCA 19-048 Amending MCN Code Annotated Title 35, entitled ‘Service Provided.’ Deere sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-0.
The amendment would codify Title 35, Chapter 10 to include the legal needs of foster families certified by MCN Children and Family Services Administration pertaining to their care of foster children.
NCA 19-049 Appropriating incentive funds to be used for Summer Youth Financial Literacy. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-0 and will be forwarded to the Business, Finance and Justice committee for funding source.
The Nation is interested in providing incentive funding to Summer Youth Financial Literacy participants.
MCN desires to provide $10,000 in incentive funding for the winners of the Summer Youth Financial Literacy.
Sixteen participants would be awarded $500 in cash prizes; two participants would receive $1,000 in prize money.
The incentive funds would be awarded July 28 to a Summer Youth winners during the Financial Literacy Awards.
NCA 19-050 Authorizing the expenditure of grand funds awarded from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for targeted capacity expansion: medication assisted treatment-prescription drug and opioid addiction. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-0.
MCNDH is a recipient of grant funds from HHS, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the amount of $1,283,887.
The grant awarded is to expand access to medication-assisted treatment services for persons with an opioid use disorder seeking or receiving MAT.
NCA 19-051 authorizing a supplemental appropriation to MCN Election Board’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget. Reps. Jennings and Lucian Tiger sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for funding source.
MCNEB is in need of $24,000 in supplemental funds for FY 2019 budget to increase the election expenses and contractual line items.
The supplemental funds will assist in covering all 2019 Primary Election expenses.
NCA 19-052 Amending MCNCA Title 19 to increase the stipend of the Election Board members. Reps. Jennings and Tiger sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-0.
The amendment would codify in Title 19, Chapter 2 under ‘Compensation of Election Board Members.’
Each member of the board would be paid a stipend of $500 for attendance of each meeting of the Election Board and $450 on election days.
NCA 19-053 Authorizing a $15,000 supplemental appropriation to the Department of Higher Education Emergency Scholarship Program’s FY 2019 budget. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for funding source.
MCN Department of Higher Education Emergency Scholarship Program requested a supplemental appropriation to its FY 2019 budget in the amount of $15,000 to increase the direct assistance supplemental appropriation.
NCA 19-054 Appropriating funds in the amount of $10,000 to MCN Department of Education and Training to host the Every Student Succeeds Act Edge conference collaborative event. Jennings sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for funding source.
MCN Department of Education and Training requested a $10,000 appropriation to host the ESSA Edge Conference Collaborative Event.
The 2017 ESSA event held at River Spirit Casino & Resort, brought nearly 400 educational stakeholders to identify and pursue best practices for partnerships and set expectations for tribal consultations.
MCN Education and Training plans to host the ESSA Edge Conference at the same location.
NCA 19-055 Authorizing a $2,000 donation to the Morris Youth Sports organization. Rep. Del Beaver sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-0 and will be forwarded to BFJ for funding source.
The Morris Youth Sports organization is a non-profit organization that oversees the little league baseball, softball and football leagues, as well as youth cheer in Morris, Oklahoma, which is located in MCN jurisdiction.
The organization is requesting funds in the amount of $2,000 to assist with fencing for its baseball and softball fields that were heavily damaged by recent windstorms.
Rufus Scott was absent.