*UPDATE: Rep. Del Beaver contacted Mvskoke Media after the LNC meeting to clarify that he stated the wrong church’s name that had their lawnmower stolen. The story has been updated.
Church lawnmowers insurance discussed during meeting
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — A Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council Land, Natural Resources and Cultural Preservation Committee meeting was held June 12 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee.
All legislation passed during the session will go before the full Council June 30 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 18-072 Authorizing the execution of a participating agreement supplemental project agreement to the master participating agreement between the MCN and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Rep. Mark Randolph sponsored the resolution, which passed 2-0.
The master participating agreement was approved by previous legislation, and the purpose of the participating agreement supplemental project agreement is to document cooperation between the parties in accordance with the provisions. The agreement allows for MCN to be reimbursed up to $44,000 for expenses related to the meeting.
TR 18-073 Authorizing the principal chief to apply for federal funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation Build Transportation Discretionary Grants to fund a regional bridge reconstruction project. Randolph sponsored the resolution, which passed 2-0.
The MCN Tribal Transportation Program has identified a need for reconstructing deficient and hazardous bridges throughout the Nation. TTP requested $23 million to reconstruct 29 structurally deficient bridges throughout the jurisdiction.
TR 18-074 Authorizing the principal chief to execute an oil and gas lease on tribal property located in Okfuskee County. Rep. Del Beaver sponsored the resolution, which was postponed for one month.
Calyx Energy III, LLC has submitted an oil and gas Lease proposal with a lease bonus of $300 on property belonging to MCN in Okfuskee County.
TR 18-075 Authorizing the principal chief to execute a standing forage agreement for the lease of property located in Creek County, Oklahoma. Randolph sponsored the resolution, which passed 2-0.
The Nation owns 40 acres in Creek County comprised of native grass. The MCN Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources has received a request from James Sikes to lease the described property for $500 to permit standing forage harvest and the option to run a limited amount of cattle.
TR 18-076 Approval of the addition of new routes as identified in attachment ‘A’ to the Nation’s existing TTP Inventory and requesting the Bureau of Indian Affairs to add these new routes to the Nation’s tribal transportation inventory. Del Beaver sponsored the resolution, which passed 2-0.
New routes have been identified within the Nation’s jurisdiction and are eligible for inclusion in the Tribe’s TTP inventory.
NCA 18-091 An amendment to NCA 18-051 (A law of the MCN appropriating funds to provide financial assistance to Muscogee (Creek) traditional churches for summer church camps and mission trips). Del Beaver sponsored the amendment, which passed 2-0.
This amendment adds more eligibility requirements for assistance.
In other business, Del Beaver said Haikey Chapel’s lawnmower was recently stolen from their property. He later contacted Mvskoke Media and said he stated the wrong church’s name and it was Pickett Chapel’s lawnmower that was stolen.
It was purchased from Council. The issue discussed was the tribe providing insurance for the lawnmowers.
He said there was discussion with MCN Tribal Administrator Jerry McPeak and Risk Management Manager Phil Booker, and they decided it was not cost-effective to insure a lawnmower.
The deductible would be $5000, while most of the lawnmowers are $4800. Del Beaver said the lawnmowers would depreciate in value after two years while the deductible would still be the same.
He said it should be the churches responsibility if they want insurance for their lawnmowers.
Del Beaver said their insurance carrier would ask numerous questions about the lawnmowers if MCN were to provide insurance for them.
Randolph spoke about helping churches and ceremonial grounds becoming handicap accessible.
He said he knows there are applications that the churches and ceremonial grounds have to fill out for certain needs, and he hopes handicap accessible will be one of them.
Rep. Thomasene Yahola Osborn and Darrell Proctor were absent.