Properties to be put into trust status discussed in committee meeting

Properties to be put into trust status discussed in committee meeting
(MN File Photo) The Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Land, Natural Resources and Cultural Preservation Committee met Jan. 15 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

Darren DeLaune/Reporter

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OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Land, Natural Resources and Cultural Preservation Committee meeting was held Jan. 15 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee.

Audio from the session is available at: www.mcnnc.com.

LNC addressed the following legislation, the interpretation of which is attributed to language in the bills:

TR 19-005 Authorizing the principal chief to execute an exchange letter amendment for Indian Health Service Project OK 18-F06. Rep. Mark Randolph sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

Project OK 18-F06 provided the construction for water supply and wastewater disposal facilities to serve new and like-new Indian owned homes within several counties in the MCN jurisdiction.

TR 19-006 Authorizing the principal chief to apply for trust status for property in McIntosh County. Rep. Darrell Proctor sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

Principal Chief Floyd is requesting a piece of property be placed into trust for the tribe in the city of Checotah, Oklahoma. Property will be used for a parking lot.

TR 19-007 Authorizing the principal chief to apply for trust status for property in McIntosh County. Proctor sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0

Principal Chief Floyd is requesting a piece of property be placed into trust for the tribe. Property will be used for agriculture.

TR 19-008 Authorizing the principal chief to execute an easement across tribal land for the construction and maintenance of a water line. Rep. Del Beaver sponsored the resolution, which passed 3-1 with Randolph voting no.

Because the city of Okmulgee is deficient in water storage, the engineers have prepared a water system model, which includes adding a one million gallon elevated storage tank.

In order to install the new water line and construct the elevated storage tank, the City of Okmulgee requires a permanent easement from the MCN.

The new 18” water line will run on the west side of Highway 75 and Loop 56 North in Okmulgee.

TR 19-009 Authorizing the principal chief to execute an easement across tribal land for the construction and maintenance of a water line. Del Beaver sponsored the resolution, which 3-1 with Randolph voting no.

Because the city of Okmulgee is deficient in water storage, the engineers have prepared a water system model, which includes adding a one million gallon elevated storage tank.

In order to install the new water line and construct the elevated storage tank, the City of Okmulgee requires a permanent easement from the MCN.

TR 19-010 Authorizing the principal chief to execute an easement across tribal land for the construction and maintenance of a water line. Del Beaver sponsored the resolution, which passed 3-1 with Randolph voting no.

Because the city of Okmulgee is deficient in water storage, the engineers have prepared a water system model, which includes adding a one million gallon elevated storage tank.

In order to install the new water line and construct the elevated storage tank, the City of Okmulgee requires a permanent easement from the MCN.

The new 18” water line will run on the west side of Highway 75 and Loop 56 North in Okmulgee.

Principal Chief Floyd recommends the city of Okmulgee to work on this bill and the previous two related to it with the MCN Attorney General.

NCA 19-011 Authorizing an appropriation of $31,138 for the purchase of a transit passenger van to Randall Indian Baptist Church. Randolph sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

The church is in need of transportation for its members to and from various church activities.

NCA 19-012 Authorizing an appropriation of $52,500 to finalize the transfer of property from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the MCN. Proctor sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

The MCN has been working with the USACE to finalize the transfer of a piece of property located on Eufaula Lake known as the Fountainhead property.

It is approximately 18.37 acres.

The Nation previously entered into an agreement of an Interagency Support Agreement part of the transfer process. This agreement details a transfer of $65,625 that included the costs of performing an appraisal.

The appraisal shows the value of the property at $52,500 in which the Nation is responsible for paying the fair market value in accordance with the WIIN Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 2016.

All legislation passed during the session will go before the full Council Jan. 26 for vote. Mvskoke Media will provide coverage of this session.

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