Special appropriation for Hickory Ground considered during LNC

Special appropriation for Hickory Ground considered during LNC
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Land, Natural Resources and Cultural Preservation Committee met May 8 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. (MNN File Photo)

Previous bill for traditional churches, lawnmowers reviewed

Darren DeLaune/Reporter

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Land, Natural Resources and Cultural Preservation Committee meeting was held May 8 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee.

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

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 18-065 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a temporary operating permit with Apehkv Fellowship Church on the operation of one temporary fireworks sales facility on tribal trust land. Rep. James Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

The church wishes to sell fireworks for its restoration project and the Nation agreed to waive its surety bond and rental fee for the church to operate the.

TR 18-066 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a temporary operating permit with the Return Ministry 4: Twelve Youth Group for the operation of one temporary fireworks sales facility on tribal trust land. Rep. Del Beaver sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

The youth group wants to raise funds for youth activities and mission trips. The Nation agrees to waive its surety bond and rental fee for the group to operate the stand.

NCA 18-053 Authorizing a donation of $5,000 to the Eufaula Indian Club. Rep. Darrell Proctor sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

The Indian Club is requesting assistance for help in hosting the Labor Day ‘Honoring Our Veterans’ Powwow.

NCA 18-076 Amending NCA 17-130, which is a law of the MCN appropriating funds to provide financial assistance to Muscogee (Creek) traditional churches for lawnmowers. Reps. Lucian Tiger, Pete Beaver, Johnnie Greene, Robert Hufft, David Hill, Proctor, Travis Scott, James Jennings, Randall Hicks, Adam Jones III, Rufus Scott, Joyce Deere, Thomasene Yahola Osborn, Del Beaver and Patrick Freeman sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

NCA 17-130 was enacted Sept. 30, 2017 and appropriated funds to purchase lawnmowers for the Nation’s traditional churches.

One of the guidelines in the original legislation states the churches could only apply for assistance from October – December. However $27,859.06 is still available.

The amendment states the Council shall develop an application that each church shall complete an application and submit to Council in order to receive assistance for lawnmowers.

The Council will maintain a list of all eligible traditional churches 50 years or older that can provide documentation demonstrating 80 percent of membership are Muscogee (Creek) and they are located in the MCN jurisdiction.

Only churches on the list maintained by Council may apply. Churches will be eligible to apply for assistance until funds are exhausted.

NCA 18-077 Reaffirmation of support for the protection of the Muscogee sacred site of Hickory Ground near Wetumpka, Alabama and authorizing a special appropriation of $278,500 for the cost of necessary measures. Hill sponsored the appropriation, which passed 4-0.

The site Ocevpofv is currently under ownership of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, who purchased the site with a grant form the Alabama Historical Commission, which was funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior for the purpose of historic preservation. It was the intent and expectation of MCN and the Ocevpofv people that Hickory Ground would be preserved and protected.

The legislation states PBCI disturbed and desecrated the sacred site by excavating the remains of ancestors of the Muscogee people of Ocevpofv in order to develop a casino gaming facility.

The Council has deemed it necessary to appropriate continued funding for legal defense and public relations efforts to further protect the sacred site.

NCA 18-078 Approval of the 2019 Indian Housing Plan. Yahola Osborn sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

The Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act Indian Housing Block Grant funds require a tribally approved Indian Housing Plan that has to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for approval of compliance 75 days prior to the end of the tribe’s fiscal year.

NCA 18-081 Authorizing a donation of $5,000 to the Tribal Film Festival. Proctor sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

The Tribal Film Festival will be held June 23 at Circle Cinema in Tulsa. They are requesting a donation for sponsorship.

DARREN DELAUNE
Reporter
918.732.7703 | DDeLaune@MvskokeMedia.com
Darren has been with Mvskoke Media since 2009. He has always (and still does) played sports so he wanted to write about it. What started with sports, turned into features, columns, articles, whatever he can find around the MCN. He enjoys trying new things, which helped him become an avid dancer of bachata. Darren has one daughter, Syeann.

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