Special appropriation to AG’s Office passes in committee

Special appropriation to AG’s Office passes in committee
A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Business, Finance and Justice Committee meeting was held Sept. 20 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. (Mark Hill/Graphic Design Supervisor)

Mobile payment processing discussed during BFJ

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OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Business, Finance and Justice Committee meeting was held Sept. 20 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee.

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

All passed legislation will go before the full Council during the Sept. 29 regular session.

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

TR 18-106 Establishing tribal membership in the National Congress of American Indians. Rep. David Hill sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

The resolution allows for the principal chief to take the necessary action in order for MCN to gain membership with the NCAI.

It allows the Nation’s payment of $30,000 for 2018-2019 membership dues.

TR 18-107 Approving beer sales on property located in Wagoner County, Oklahoma. Rep. Johnnie Greene sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

The resolution approves the sale of beer, in excess or stronger than 3.2 percent alcohol by volume, at a property held in restricted status in Wagoner County.

TR 18-108 Authorizing the principal chief to enter into a multi-year funding agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs for fiscal years 2019-2021. Hill sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

The resolution allows the Nation to enter into a funding agreement with the BIA, which sets forth the programs and associated resources for FY 2019-2021. The agreement must be entered into in order for the Nation to receive the FY funding for specific programs, functions and services.

TR 18-109 Authorizing the principal chief to submit an application for the U.S. Department of Justice Tribal Access Program. Hill sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

TAP will allow tribal police access to the National Crime Information Systems.

TR 18-110 Amending the principal chief to execute a credit Builders Alliance Data Services Agreement and additional necessary and related documents with Equifax, Experian and Transunion for the benefit of MCN’s Mvskoke Loan Fund. Rep. Travis Scott sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

The resolution allows for MLF to gain membership with Credit Builders Alliance, to conduct credit checks and report to credit agencies.

TR 18-113 Approving beer sales on property located in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma. Rep. James Jennings sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

The resolution allows for the sale of beer in excess of or stronger than 3.2 percent alcohol by volume at a specified property held in restricted status.

TR 18-114 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a certain ‘Clover Go Services Agreement,’ Transfund Merchant Services ‘Merchant Agreement’ and Transfund Merchant Services ‘Data Protection Service Addendum to Merchant Agreement’ for the benefit of MCN departments who wish to use mobile processing of credit cards. Hill sponsored the resolution, which passed 4-0.

The resolution allows for the principal chief to enter into various service agreements on behalf of the Nation to allow for the mobile processing of credit cards by MCN departments.

NCA 18-138 Authorizing a $750,000 supplemental appropriation for the MCN Office of the Attorney General’s FY 2018 budget. Rep. Adam Jones sponsored the amendment, which passed 3-2 with Travis Scott and Hill voting against it.

The amendment provides the MCN AG’s Office with additional funds to meet the needs brought on by the increase in litigation involving the Nation.

NCA 18-139 Authorizing a $2,000 donation to Donnie Condit, a political candidate. Jones sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

The amendment allows for a monetary contribution to the political campaign of Condit, who is currently seeking reelection to the State House District 18 seat.

NCA 18-140 Authorizing a $2,000 donation to Steve Kouplen, a political candidate. Hill sponsored the amendment, which passed 4-0.

The amendment allows for a monetary contribution to the political campaign of Kouplen, who is currently seeking reelection to the State House District 24 seat.

BFJ approved the funding source for all referred legislation as interest on the Permanent Fund.

Details of this legislation can be found in Mvskoke Media’s coverage of the Health, Education and Welfare Committee; Land, Natural Resources and Cultural Preservation Committee and joint committee sessions.

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